23 Jun Essex Open Gardens
Visit Some Of The Best Gardens In The County
If you’re looking for some gardening inspiration check out one of the many fantastic open gardens Essex has to offer.
Essex is home to some wonderful gardens, from romantic walled gardens to tropical jungle displays, formal lawns to lush water gardens, and the good news is, many of these have opened their doors to the general public. If you’re looking for some gardening inspiration or simply want to enjoy yourself in beautiful surroundings, get yourself down to one of these fantastic Essex gardens.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford
With big open skies, sweeping panoramic views, and a diverse range of horticultural styles, this stunning garden is a fantastic day out at any time of year. It’s all beautiful, but specific highlights include the Mediterranean Dry Garden with its collection of drought-resistant plants, and the traditional Hilltop Garden which features roses, ponds and lush green lawns. The garden is open all year round and tickets cost £8.75 for adults and £4.40 for children.
South Shoebury Hall, Shoeburyness
The grade II listed South Shoebury Hall is surrounded by a pretty and varied one acre walled garden. Visitors in April will be greeted by a colourful display of more than 3000 tulips and fritillaria, while the late summer months offers up possibly the largest display of agapanthus in the county. This delightful garden is also home to unusual trees, rose borders, and Mediterranean plants. The garden is open by appointment from April to August. Tickets cost £3.50 with proceeds going to charity.
The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester
Created by ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth Chatto OBE, this wonderful garden is one of the best in the county, with plenty to explore and a surprise around every corner. Visitors can enjoy cool woodland gardens, a collection of drought-resistant plants and lush water gardens, as well as large plant nursery which produces quality plants throughout the year. These world-famous gardens are open all year round, with admission starting from £4.
Little Myles, Brentwood
If you’re after something a little different, head to the Little Myles garden in Brentwood. This romantic and naturalistic garden covers three acres and is full of delightful features, including an exotic jungle, perennial prairie borders, a hidden Asian garden and a beach garden, as well as a plethora of fountains and sculptures. It’s also home to the herb garden which inspired the Little Myles herbal cosmetics brand. The garden is open to the public on Sunday 3 July 2016 with tickets costing £3.50.
The Gibberd Garden, Harlow
This tranquil, grade II listed garden on the outskirts of Harlow was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, the planner of Harlow new town. As you might expect from an artist, the grounds are jam packed with artworks such as sculptures, ceramic pots and architectural salvage, as well as containing flower beds, a wild garden, formal lawns, a waterfall, and even an island fort. Gibberd Garden is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from April to September and admission is £4 (£1 on Sundays)
Cultivating a garden takes a lot of time and effort, no matter the size. Installing an Essex artificial lawn gives you one less thing to worry about, leaving you more time to enjoy your own garden and to visit some of the best open gardens the county has to offer.