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Art at Sissinghurst

PUBLISHED: 08:29 24 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:29 24 January 2016

The Tower, seen from the Orchard, on a winter's day at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson created a renowned garden at Sissinghurst, which embraces every season.

The Tower, seen from the Orchard, on a winter's day at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson created a renowned garden at Sissinghurst, which embraces every season.

©National Trust Images/John Miller

Gardening enthusiasts are in for a treat, as photos from the 2015 International Garden Photographer of the Year contest go on display at Sissinghurst Castle.

The award-winning pictures from the 2015 International Garden Photographer of the Year contest now on display at Sissinghurst Castle Garden form a fascinating exhibition of garden photography from all over the globe. You have until 28 February to see them.

A collection of bright and bold photographs depicting scenes from gardens and nature have been chosen from more than 18,000 entries to the prestigious annual competition.

Subjects range from expansive views to intricate close ups of plants and flowers. Several of the images were taken in Britain, with others coming from further afield. All of them show extraordinary photographic talent and a diverse range of garden subjects.

Vita and her husband Harold were well known for their love of gardening, and the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle is a popular 
attraction between spring and autumn, when visitors can see the results of their combined love of romantic, frothy planting and bold lines.

Katie Shaw, events and marketing manager at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, says: “We’re really excited to be displaying these photographs this year; Sissinghurst Castle is the perfect setting to showcase such stunning garden imagery.

“We’ve got some surprises from our garden team too, who’ve added a burst of colour to the exhibition with dried alliums, flowering bulbs, specially designed handcrafted pots and lots of luscious foliage, all taken from our world-famous garden.

“We hope the exhibition will be one of the most visually striking events we’ve had – it will after all feature some of the largest images ever displayed by the International Garden Photographer of the Year scheme, including some fine art prints measuring one and a half metres long.”

Happy half term

The photography exhibition isn’t the only way to enjoy the great outdoors at Sissinghurst Castle Garden this month. Over half term, the wider estate is the perfect spot to enjoy a bracing walk or have fun hunting for the first signs of the new season in the trees and early spring flowers.

Families can also try some of the activities on the National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 list, like following animal tracks, building insect homes, going bird watching or star gazing and creating some wild art from wintry branches and the last of the fallen autumn leaves.

The seasonal fun can continue at home with planting snowdrop bulbs, making winter homes and feeding stations for birds and small mammals or even searching for frost-covered spider webs. You never know, it might inspire the next generation of budding photographers eager to capture the beauty in our gardens.

The International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition takes place in the oast, part of Vita Sackville-West’s former home at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, from 16 January until 28 February. Booking is not required for the exhibition, which is free after normal admission has been paid.

For more events taking place at the National Trust this winter, visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast.

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