Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Great Dixter

Christo was regularly to be seen on his knees in the garden. Most visitors would ask the usual questions-how many staff, how long does it take to clip the hedges, isn't it a lot of work? - and the questions had more to do with speaking to the owner than seriously wanting information. If Christo thought a question worthwhile he would answer it tantalisingly well. If he thought it was a lazy question, he would snap, whence his reputation for being as bad tempered as his dachshunds.

(Christopher Lloyd. His life at Great Dixter. Stephen Anderton)

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden".

(Thomas Jefferson)


  1. I've noticed before that you seem to have a real affinity for topiary and you always render them beautifully. I love the wheelbarrows too. Art is everywhere!

  2. Beautiful. Although I can never look at clipped yews without feeling they're a bit sinister... a result of loving The Children of Green Knowe as a child.

  3. I love the way you create texture - in the plants of course, but also the wooden walls. Really beautiful.

  4. I love the light in these drawings. The white spaces are so artfully used. Of course, Ian's hatching style is so complex and intriguing to look at! Now I'm not only addicted to Ian's drawings, but also old videos of "The Children of Green Knowe"! (Thanks to Jeneveve.) :)