Head gardener Troy Scott Smith met MPG members well before the garden opened to the public. A brief history of the Sissinghurst garden and the Delos project set the scene and we stepped forth into a full and frothy English summer garden.
As background we heard how Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson cruised the Greek islands in the summer of 1935 stopping off at Delos. Charmed by the place they returned to Kent and decided to create their own Delos. With little cash and hampered by cold wet Kentish clay, they completed the project in 1937. In 1953 Vita wrote in her diaries that “Delos was not a success so far, maybe one day it may come right.”