Sunday, June 27, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm – Fergus Garrett: The Spirit of Great Dixter

Join Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum supporters on Sunday, June 27, at 12 noon, for tea and a talk by special guest Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener of Great Dixter, the house and garden of the late world renowned horticulturist Christopher Lloyd. Located near Northiam in East Sussex, England, Great Dixter’s gardens are regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship. The property is particularly noted for its wealth of perennials and extensive topiary. Fergus will speak about all aspects of Great Dixter, from its garden color, planting combinations and meadows, to the house and its interiors. He will include an account of his apprenticeship to the great “Christo”. Fergus is also a well known author and authority on innovative garden design in his own right.

Tea and scones from Russ Morin Caterers is included in the price of admission, which is $35 for Blithewold Members, and $45 for non-members. Blithewold is located at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Learn more about the history of Great Dixter and Fergus Garrett’s work developing and preserving its gardens at To register, log on to, or call Julie Murphy, Education Coordinator, at 401-253-2707, ext. 16. You may also email her at Identify yourself as a member of the Garden Club of the Back Bay (if you are, of course), and receive a special discount.