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. Twenty years ago Gardenvisit.com commented that "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." In 2019 we were pleased to be able to comment that great progress has been made with the planting and the construction so that Hyde Hall has become a really interesting place to visit.
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.
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.
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, England, CM3 8ET
Please see Hyde Hall website for details:-