The top place on my list to see in Kent were the famous gardens of Sissinghurst Castle. They were created by English author Vita Sackville-West and her husband on the grounds of an old castle (once used as a prison for French military prisoners). The gardens were indeed beautiful although the famous white garden that I heard so much about didn’t live up to my expectations-maybe because only a few things were blooming there at the time. There are ten separate walled gardens and most everything was blooming. It was lovely to walk through the grounds and there was a fantastic view from the tower where Vita once had her office which looked like a cosy and great place to write. Vita and her husband are known for what would now be called an open marriage. He had male lovers, she female, but they truly loved each other and stayed together to the end. One of their sons wrote about it and published their letters to each other. The grandson now lives on the grounds and also wrote a book on how he made Sissinghurst back into a farm. I have the book but haven’t read it yet.