Great Dixter—a Tudor house with its innovative and provocative Arts and Crafts garden was the family home of legendary gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd. His creativity and enthusiasm brought it to splendor in the mid-20th century, making it a destination for horticultural pilgrims from around the world.
While Dixter is famous for its clever succession plantings, effusive herbaceous long border and naturalized meadow areas, the kitchen garden is also an integral part of the plan. Lloyd was passionate about fruit and vegetables and Aaron Bertelsen has taken on that legacy as gardener-cook, creatively managing the vegetable garden. and kitchen.
Aaron's love of gardening dates to his New Zealand childhood, working in his grandfather's vegetable garden. Arriving in England in 1996 to volunteer at Great Dixter, he earned a Diploma in Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, then spent two years at Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, where he is still a trustee. Bertelsen returned to Great Dixter in 2005 and is regularly invited to speak about gardening at events worldwide. This spring, his garden-to-table recipes will be published in The Great Dixter Cookbook.
Funded in part by the Barbara Cushing Paley Fund.