A wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon (or maybe a spring or autumn afternoon – not so sure about winter as I’m writing this at the end of one of the coldest and snowiest starts to March for many years) is to visit a garden. It’s relaxing, peaceful and a great way to get ideas for your on garden, plus there are usually cake and tea for sale!
There are lots of beautiful gardens to visit across Essex, and we have listed the major ones that are open regularly on our Essex Gardens page. Gardens listed include the gardens of the magnificent stately home of Audley End, RHS Garden Hyde Hall and the internationally Beth Chatto Gardens. You will find our page has a lot of photographs from our visits to many of these gardens.
As well as the chance to visit these nationally famous gardens, there is also the opportunity to visit small – and not so small private gardens in towns and villages across the county. These are gardens that are open as part of the National Gardens Scheme. The gardens come in all shapes and sizes and show their owners love of gardening, and in many cases how it’s possible to make a beautiful garden in the most unlikely of spaces. We have added all the gardens that are open as part of the National Gardens Scheme in Essex to our monthly, so you can plan your trip to a garden alongside all the other events that are happening in Essex.
We have visited Feeringbury Gardens a number of times over the years as part of the National Garden Scheme, and this year we really hope to visit Peacocks in Margaretting, Wickets in Langley Upper Green and Rookwoods in Sible Hedingham.
If the sun shines and we’re really organised we may even get to a few more.