The Gardener's Eye
I'm hoping to include Great Dixter in a tour I'm organizing for 2016. I will use 50 Steps to Landscape Thinking exercises if I do... your mention of the book last year spurred me on to find/read/use the book in a recent tour of Italian gardens. See my blog post http://www.siteandinsight.com/?p=2053 where I credit you for information about the book itself.
I think your group would love Great Dixter. They have excellent guides there: often young, always enthusiastic and knowledgeable.I am flattered that you searched out '50 Steps' and really enjoyed your post. Thanks for bring it to my attention. I will be eager to hear what your participants thought about it.
I visited Dixter almost 30 years ago, so when we went in May I had a powerful nostalgic experience, even though there have been vast changes. It was much too early for much color in the Long Border, but I was so engaged, the tour guide had to come get me. Everyone was waiting. Fergus was there busy with a bunch of the young gardeners. Good to see.
James,I love the energy of learning and experimenting that Fergus is creating there. I am excited at the idea of a new generation of knowledgeable gardeners.