I remember reading, many years ago, that one of the changes the death of Vita Sackville-West brought to Sissinghurst was that the paths had to be paved. The increase in visitors and wear and tear on – grass? – created the necessity. And changed the garden dramatically. I was consoled at the time, by hearing that they had never had the money to do that themselves – their financial struggles sort of endorsed ours and made them respectable. And I wondered if the change was for the better.
And now we are changing some of our paths from grass to hard surface. [..read more..]