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Saling Hall Garden

A seventeenth century manor house with a garden which has been extensively and skillfully re-planted since 1971. There are woods, a walled garden (dated 1698) a valley garden, a water garden, a rose glade and other compartments. Hugh Johnson, the owner, is known for his books on wine and on gardening.

Head Gardener's Comment

A 12-acre garden of groves and glades, ponds and hedges, composed largely of trees and shrubs, many of them rare. Moods vary from the upbeat walled garden full of flowers to a bosky romantic water garden, with many vistas and quiet corners. A thoughtful plantsman's garden on a fairly grand scale.

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

History

The garden walls were built in 1698, for a house then already over a century old, with its name in Domesday Book. The garden was developed over 30 years by Isabel, Lady Carlyle and since 1970 has been tended and extended by Hugh and Judy Johnson. Hugh is the garden diarist Tradescant. It has been open for the National Gardens Scheme since the 1960s.

Plants of note

Well-known collection of fine, unusual and rare trees

Saling Hall, Great Saling, nr Braintree, Essex, England, CM7 5DT

May to July. Wednesdays. Open 2pm to 5pm.

Adult £4, Children Free

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