The Garden Guide

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

An Essex farm house which was made into a garden after 1955 and then taken over by the RHS. It has lawns, a dell, a lily pond, raised beds, mixed borders and other features. A surprising number of plants flourish on a windy dry hill but the construction details are not good and one looks forward to seeing what improvements result from RHS management. There is much scope.

Head Gardener's Comment

With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views this Essex garden is an inspiration to visitors of all ages.

The garden boasts an eclectic range of inspirational horticultural styles from traditional to modern, providing interest and colour, whatever the weather or time of year.

Highlights include the traditional styled Hilltop Garden with its lush green lawns, ponds and roses and the Mediterranean Dry Garden which showcases drought tolerant plants.

Photograph © RHS
Photograph © RHS
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Photograph © Pete Duxon
Photograph © Pete Duxon
Photograph © Pete Duxon


Helen and Dick Robinson moved to Hyde Hall in 1955 and found six trees on the top of a windswept hill. They soon became large scale farmers, but Helen also had an interest in gardening and slowly but surely a garden started to emerge around the main farmhouse. The Hyde Hall Gardens Trust was set up in 1976 and then in 1993 the garden became the responsibility of the Royal Horticultural Society having been bequeathed by the Trust to ensure its future survival.

Plants of note

Mediterranean plants

Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, England, CM3 8ET

Daily 10am - 6pm (4pm November to February). Closed Christmas Day.

2013 Prices Adults £7.20. Children (5-16) £3.60 Children 4 and under - Free Family (2 adults plus 2 children) £19.40 RHS Member - Free

Visit the RHS Garden Hyde Hall website

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