5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening

On my first visit to Great Dixter, I was a mere tourist following the heavily trod trail of famous gardens that wind through southeast England. A horticultural neophyte, I didn’t even know how to free a plant from a black plastic pot when I arrived in Sussex. Still, the legendary iconoclastic garden was an arrow through my heart.

Entering via the mossy gate, I was swept away by a carpet of wild magenta-spotted orchids. Down the path, 330 linear feet of border garden vibrated with color. Coral jostled chartreuse, which elbowed…

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