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Gardens to visit in Essex

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Here are some links to gardens to visit, either locally or whist on holiday in Essex. The sites we list include other sites recommending gardens as well as individual gardens.

The gardens listed include gardens which have limited access for people to visit, as well as other gardens open to the public all the year round - so check the opening times of particular gardens before going.


General Open Garden sites

National Gardens Scheme - The Charity behind The Yellow Book of gardens open to The public. Often small and usual gardens open just one or two days a year. The site includes The GardenFinder database for finding gardens to visit.

National Trust - Lists The gardens and property owned by The National Trust in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Garden History and Garden Tours - International guide to gardens to visit - includes large number of UK gardens.

British Red Cross Open Gardens programme offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of some hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public.

English Heritage - Lists The English Heritage gardens and properties open to The public.

Garden Shows - Diary of gardening shows around The UK.


Please check opening times by website or other contact detail as gardens have their own various opening times.

Gardens to visit in Essex

Hyde Hall,
Creephedge Lane,
Rettendon,
Chelmsford,
CM3 8ET
RHS Garden Hyde Hall - This 360 -acre estate is constantly evolving, as the gardening team strive to retain the original intimacy and charm of this horticultural gem, while at the same time aiming to restore much of the estate to its former rural glory, including its historic hedgerows and woodland.
Coggeshall,
CO6 1TG
Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum The Gardens and Arboretum feature a tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape providing interest and enjoyment throughout the year.
Elmstead Market,
Colchester,
CO7 7DB
The Beth Chatto Gardens From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.
Bay Tree Farm,
Epping Green,
CM16 6PU
Rose Cottage Garden - Open regularly as part of the charitable National Gardens Yellow Book scheme and featured in various magazines. Specialists in a wide range of bulbs and hardy perennials. The plants are a mix of cottage garden favourites and a wide variety of more unusual types - all a pleasure to have in your garden.
Marsh Lane,
Gilden Way,
Harlow,
CM17 0NA
The Gibberd Garden On the outskirts of Harlow there is a garden full of beauty, peace and tranquillity. It is a wonderful place to stroll and be inspired. Every turn reveals another aspect or a work of art, for this garden was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, the planner of Harlow New Town, who designed the garden and filled the grounds with sculptures, ceramic pots and architectural salvage from 1972 till his death in 1984.
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