The Last Post

Since starting the Sissinghurst Garden blog in 2013, we have posted 161 articles with well over 1000 photographs, gained 560 followers and achieved 105,000 views in 2015.

But more important than the numbers however, has been our opportunity to share directly with you, the garden and our work in more detail.

Garden Team

The Garden Team from L to R: Pete, Claire, Troy, Phil, Jon, Helen, Josh, Emma

The journey hasn’t always been plain sailing, especially when seeking to capture the perfect image to accompany the articles.  We also had to make sure our knowledge base was high so that we not only wrote informative pieces, but also ones that were factually and technically correct.

In doing so we have all learned so much more about Sissinghurst as well as Vita and Harold.

Today is our last post in this format and on behalf of all the contributors over the previous 2 years,  I would like to thank you for taking the time to read our blog and hopefully enjoying it too.

This is not the end however, as you can continue to read about the garden and our work directly on the Sissinghurst Garden Castle NT website.  We will be regularly posting information and articles so do please come and take a look.

With best wishes for 2016 and happy gardening.

Troy Smith, Head Gardener

44 thoughts on “The Last Post

  1. I have enjoyed reading the regular emails and will miss them It is not as easy to see them on the web site as one dies not kniw when to look! Thanks again for the past posts and goodbye.

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  2. I have much enjoyed the posts from 2013 and all the information contained therein.
    Have filed them all for future reference.
    Many thanks Troy – and to all your team.

    Hope the new articles will be quick to find on the NT website !

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  3. Thank you so much for the always very interesting posts. Especially I loved the old photos and the posts about the history of Sissinghurst. Even after about 25 visits to Sissinghurst Castle I’ve still learned a lot and thus discovered new details. Thanks to you all but specially to Helen! Best wishes, Louise

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    • Hi Louise, thanks for your kind comments. I agree about the old photos and the historical blogs; they are always interesting to research and teach me a lot about Sissinghurst too. Hope you will make a 26th visit to Sissinghurst! Helen

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  4. I feel VERY very sorry that this should be the last of your posts! I visited Sissinghurst last year, fell in love with the gardens and was very happy when I discovered the possibility of this “newsletter”. A lot to learn from them for my own gardening, too – I really enjoyed reading every article. And it is such a good (and easy) way to stay connected even if you are not living in Britain.
    Greetings from my snowy garden in Vienna – I will miss the postings!
    Have a great gardening year – Gabriele

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  5. I have loved these readable blog posts and am very sorry to have read the last. It must be a lot of work to bring them together. However, they have raised Sissinghurst in my consciousness (it was never low in my estimation!) and I have increased respect for your work. I’ll try and remember to look at the website but probably won’t so much.

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    • Hi K, yes, it is a lot of work but we have really enjoyed writing our blogs and it’s been great to be able to write about the garden in more detail. We’re so pleased that you’ve enjoyed reading them and hope that it gave you an insight into our work here. Helen

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  6. I starter following tour posts at the begunning of 2015 to prepare for my first -glorious- visit to the Gardens at the end of may. I was very sick at the time, and reading all the previous posts had a wonderful enticing effect. So I have very special gratitude for your efforts!!! Voltaire ends its “Candide” esorting everybody to “tend to their garden”: for me it’s a beautiful metaphore, and I extended the inspiration coming from your care for the garden to my health, which I’m very happy to say has well improved. I’ll seriously miss this format, but I’m fond of your posts and will check them out on the website. Thank you!

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  7. Sad to read this is the end of your blog page. As a person who lives a long way away (Australia), it was always a great way to keep in touch with a garden I know & love. I enjoyed the conversational style in which it was presented – I could have been there chatting with you. I will check out the website and call in & say hello on my visits to Great Dixter Symposia & privately. Best wishes Troy & your excellent team at Sissinghurst.

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  8. I can only echo all the comments from your other readers. A wet and gloomy British winter needs your inspirational posts to allow us to dream of better times ahead! Thanks to you all for finding the time to create those written gems – Vita and Harold would have been proud of you.

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  9. I share the sentiments of most here commenting..Shall keep an archive of your posts, as they are so full of informations and beautifully photographed. Hope moving to the Sissinghurst site will mean you continue with such great work. Fingers crossed, shall visit your garden this year. All best for the year ahead…You are such lucky people to work in such a garden, and they are so lucky to have such stellar and inspired gardening professionals…

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  10. Sorry to read this, as I really enjoy the contributions to your blog, its interesting to read the varied perspectives. I wonder if its feasible to post a copy of what you put on the website on wordpress?

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  11. I have really enjoyed these blogs. I’m sorry that you are stopping them, thank you for some well written and very interesting posts.

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  12. Sorry to see the blog go. I really enjoyed it and looked forward to its popping up in my email. I shall certainly be visiting the website often. Thank you for so many beautiful, informative, precise posts. I appreciate your hard work on them as well as on the garden. I look forward to visiting the garden sometime this summer (my second visit), traveling from Oklahoma in the U.S.

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  13. I have loved your garden blog for the past few years and will miss them. Thanks for the info and sharing. I look forward to visiting the garden again in the near future.

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  14. Your blogs have been brilliant and I have enjoyed them all dropping in to my In-box. I will miss them but I look forward to visiting Sissinghurst again and perhaps seeing some of you working in the garden. Is someone’s name missing from the right of the photo line-up? I would like to know who is who when I come! All the very best to all of you for a Happy 2016.

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  15. Dear Friends- I’m so sad to know that you will no longer be writing on this wonderful blog. May we ask why it is being discontinued with such great support? Thank you so much for sharing the photos, projects and insights. I’ve read every post and feel a connection with this garden. It is a life goal to travel to Sissinghurst and see the garden in person one day. Thanks again for all of your work and for sharing your experiences. I’ve learned so much from your writing! All the best – Cole

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    • Hi Cole, thank you very much for your very kind comments and it’s great to know that you have enjoyed reading the blog so much; we have really been overwhelmed by everyone’s support for it. I do hope that you’ll be able to visit Sissinghurst one day and I look forward to welcoming you. Helen

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  16. Hi, I am so sorry to hear that you are not going to carry on with your blog. I truly loved reading about Sissinghurst. My book shelves are full of books on Vita and Haro!d and Sissinghurst. The whole of my gardening life has been inspired by reading and rereading these. So your blog added an extra dimension. I have visited many times and look forward to coming again possibly this summer. Thank you again for such a wonderful personal insight into the daily life of Sissinghurst. Sue Turner.

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    • Hi Sue, Thank you very much for all your support of the Sissinghurst blog over the past couple of years; your comments have always been appreciated. If you do manage a visit to Sissinghurst this year, please say hello as it would be great to meet you. Helen

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