At Great Dixter and Beyond

A reissue of Christopher Lloyd's classic book, with an extensive introduction by Fergus Garrett and stunning new photography

‘To see a meadow in bloom is a great delight – it’s alive and teeming with life, mysterious, dynamic . . .’

So Christopher Lloyd began his much-admired instructive and celebratory account of meadows, first published in 2004. Few people knew more about meadow gardening than Lloyd, who spent much of his long life developing the flowering tapestries in his garden at Great Dixter, creating scenes of great beauty and a place of pilgrimage for lovers of wildflowers and wildlife.

In Meadows he imparted that lifetime’s learning, exploring the development and management of meadow areas, explaining how to establish a meadow in a garden setting, describing the hundreds of beautiful grasses, bulbs and perennials and annuals that thrive in different meadow conditions and detailing how to grow them.

Lloyd's classic text remains at the heart of this new book, which also includes – as well as much stunning new photography – an extensive introduction by Fergus Garrett, Lloyd's head gardener.

Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006) was a charismatic and controversial gardener and writer who devoted his life to the garden at Great Dixter in East Sussex. He was the author of many best-selling gardening books and wrote for newspapers and magazines. He was created OBE in 2000 and also held the highest award of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Victoria Medal of Honour.

Fergus Garrett was chosen by Christopher Lloyd as his head gardener at Dixter in 1992. He worked closely with Christo until Lloyd's death in 2006. Garrett is now Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust and also combines his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with writing and lecturing. In 2015 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS.

Jonathan Buckley specializes in garden and plant photography. He has illustrated many books and is widely published in newspapers and magazines.

Carol Casselden is an award-winning photographer of gardens and plants. She lives in East Sussex.


"For anyone caring for an existing meadow, or thinking of taking one on, the information contained here is priceless."

Professional Gardener

"Packed with practical tips....This breezy mix of gardening, appreciation of natural processes and symbioses with other species makes the book very engaging and enjoyable. These evolving meadow diaries are set to become classics."

World of Interiors

"A new look at Meadows, in an updated edition, is as timely as ever. In this comprehensive book, every type of meadow is discussed, from bulbs to the “cornfield scene.”"


Meadows is an inspiring book, factual and enchanting. Whether you have vast acres or a tiny suburban plot, it will encourage you to look at meadows with a new awareness and tempt you to try converting an area of your garden into your own wildlife haven, full of natural and unpretentious beauty.  A highly recommended read.”

Cottage Gardener

‘Inspiring imagery.’

The English Garden

‘Ideal for those wanting their own wildflower patch’

Daily Mail
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
Product Format
230 x 170
Publication Date
Apr 7, 2016
Number of Pages