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Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester, Essex

Beth Chatto Gardens
Elmstead Market

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From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows in 1960, The Beth Chatto Gardens has been transformed into an inspirational informal garden. Working with the philosophy of "right plant, right place" Beth Chatto and her team work with vastly varying conditions to create fascinating planting. The gravel garden of drought-loving plants gently descends into the dramatic water gardens where lush green growth creates a scene of harmony and tranquillity. From late winter to early summer the woodland gardens are embroidered with gentle drifts of plants.

We have a large plant nursery stocking plants for a wide range of planting conditions. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on hand for help and advice. The modern glass Tea Room overlooks the stunning Gravel Garden and serves a range of light refreshments including ploughman‚s lunches, home made scones and cakes.

Open Monday- Saturday 9am- 5pm, Sunday 10am- 5pm (March until October), Monday- Saturday 9am- 4pm, Sunday 10am- 4pm (November until February).

A free children's quiz is available at the kiosk. Coaches and groups welcome providing they have booked, contact the Office on (01026) 822007 for details.


Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Please pre-book
Admission Price: £5 per person
Accompanied under14's: Free
Catering: Tea Room

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