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Beth Chatto Gardens

The garden of a well-known nursery is in a shallow valley in front of the house. The valley contains a series of pools which are planted with good varieties of good plants, all well-grown. The former car park has been made into a beautiful gravel garden which could inspire a number of gardeners to do without lawns.

See blog post discussion of Beth Chatto as a garden designer.

Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, England, CO7 7DB

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  • over 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    We visited the garden in September this year and had a very enjoyable visit. The garden is well laid out, all the areas worked even though the woodland garden looked to be over on closer inspection there were some really choice shrubs and trees in bloom. The water garden planting was very good and there was lots of colour all the way through the main parts of the garden. I had high expections and I was not disappointed. From the gravel garden which is free to look around and to the succulent collection planted around the house it all looked super and provided us with lots of ideas. I am a professional gardener with over 20 years of working in public gardens for the rhs and really enjoyed this garden. The cafe provided good food in a relaxed atmosphere and the nursery was reasonable to buy plants that are hard to find I the average nursery. We spent 3 hours here in total.
  • almost 6 years by Adam Hodge 4 / 5

    This seems more than a garden is someones collection of a vast array of plants set in a most pleasant semi woodland /stream setting.
    It is therefore odd that the dry garden seems to get more publicity than the principal garden.
    I am inclined to follow Pete's sort of anticipated more.
  • almost 6 years by Pete 3 / 5

    There are some lovely flowers, some lovely views and there are some parts that don't work.

    Some of the ponds are roped off and marked private but I can still see them and if they are a tadge scruffy.... walking around a corner to see the nursery bit. I know we are encouraged to buy bit it isn't part of the garden and detracts.

    Still there are parts that are lovely and there are some lovely parts. If I seem overly critical its just I expected more.
  • over 6 years by Virginia Dolliver 5 / 5

    I live in the (presently) cold of Canada and found Beth Chatto's Garden after I came inside from shovelling snow. I love this garden and as I have a wonderful book about it have many more photos. I advise all of my friends who go to England to visit the garden. Thank you for having this view of it available to me today. Great Gardening - Virginia

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