Five Essex gardens to visit this Spring


WITH spring in the air, here are five gardens in Essex you can enjoy as flowers are starting to bloom this weekend and find inspiration for your own green space…

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Rettendon enjoys panoramic views across the rolling countryside, with vast, open skies overhead. The garden itself is composed of an eclectic variety of horticultural styles that provide year-round interest and colour. Highlights include the traditionally-styled Hilltop Garden with its lush green lawns, ponds, and roses, and the Mediterranean Dry Garden which showcases drought-tolerant plants.

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The Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market cover six acres and have become world famous. Creative use of the space has seen Beth and her team transform a wasteland into both a visitor attraction and important resource. There are four principal gardens across the site; scree, gravel, woodland and water all with lush planting around a series of natural ponds.

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The Gibberd Garden, Harlow. Horticulturalists will adore the formal terraces, lawns, pools and avenues, romantic woodland glades and multitude of streams which characterise the shady lower areas of the garden. Art lovers will be drawn to the extensive collection of modern sculpture by celebrated artists including August Rodin, Dame Barbara Hepworth and Sir Henry Moore.

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Marks Hall in Coggeshall. A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year. Follow the paths through the Arboretum, where you can see beautiful vistas and a host of exotic trees. Highlights include the Millennium Walk, designed for structure, colour and scent; the largest planting in Europe of Wollemi Pine and the inspired combination of traditional and contemporary planting in the 18th century walled garden.

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Bridge End Garden, Saffron Walden. Tucked away in the back streets of pretty Saffron Walden, this lovingly restored Grade II gem consists of seven interlinked gardens laid out in the nineteenth century, and features a formal knot garden, kitchen garden and a popular hedge maze. These Grade II listed gardens are open to the public each day free of charge.

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