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Elmstead Market, Colchester,
Essex, CO7 7DB

01206 822007

01206 825933

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st March - End Oct; Mon - Sat; 9am - 5pm. Sun 10am - 5pm
1st Nov - End Feb; Mon - Sun; 10am - 4pm. Closed 2 weeks over Christmas

Parties/Coaches: Yes

By appointment

Group Appointment: Yes

Coaches & large groups by appointment

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

May - June, but interest all year round

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £6.95; Child (accompanied) under 14 free;
Friends of the Garden Standard Season Double £38, Single £22
Friends of the Garden Gold Season Double £60, Single £38
Groups of 25+ £6.45
Notable guide book for £2.95, garden tours available weekdays,

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

See website for details.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

The Kings Arms, Elmstead Market

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The original site was wasteland consisting of widely contrasting problem areas. There was poor gravel soil, 20 feet deep, dry shade beneath trees, while a sour boggy hollow lay between. By selecting plants adapted by nature to these situations, three contrasting gardens have evolved over the past 50 years. The now famous Gravel Garden, cleverly planted to resemble a dried up river bed, is filled with drought-resisting plants. Shady areas make homes for woodland plants, while water gardens surround four large pools, which lie in the spring-fed hollow. The impact of the lush green growth there is almost overpowering. Huge upturned parasols of Gunnera chilensis tower above a hundred shades of green, creating a scene of harmony and tranquility.

Five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens contain a vast variety of plants providing year-round interest.

History Of Garden

Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 from overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows.  It has now been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits.

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