Sissinghurst: Navigating the Intersection of Artistry and Nature
May 8 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
During his time as Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Troy Scott Smith has been on a mission to rejuvenate the design intent of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, resulting in a garden more authentic to the original, reviving the artistic spirit of its creators and unlocking a sense of place, rooted in the natural landscape and the seasons. In this illustrated lecture Troy will take us on a journey from the original plan and plantings through decades of interventions to the current garden of today. He will discuss what he and his team are doing to preserve the heritage of Sissinghurst while addressing the pressing issues of climate crisis, biosecurity, and biodiversity.
Troy Scott Smith was born into a family of committed naturalists and spent his childhood exploring the geology and flora of the National Parks of England. He began gardening at a young age, quickly developing a style of relaxed planting that mixed native wildings together with exotics. Today his planting continues to ‘bend the rules’ and is a constant source of inspiration for thousands. In 1990 Troy joined the National Trust and in the years since has led the gardens at The Courts, Bodnant and Sissinghurst, where he has been Head Gardener for the last 10 years.
Troy now combines his work at Sissinghurst with a broader remit for the National Trust, including an advisory role at Munstead Wood, fund raising and considering the longer-term impact of visitation and climate change on historic gardens, as well as writing, teaching, lecturing, design and consultancy.
This event is presented by Hollister House Garden and Wave Hill and will take place at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY)
Reservations may be purchased through Wave Hill