East Bergholt Place. The Place for Plants

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East Bergholt, Ipswich,
Suffolk, CO7 6UP

01206 299224

01206 299229


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Holidays & Easter Day. Garden open from 1st March to 30th September

Parties/Coaches: Yes

By prior appointment

Group Appointment: Yes

Guided Tours organised by appointment.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

See website for details

Best Times of Year to Visit:

March - June

To see:

Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and Spring bulbs.

Admission Prices

Adults £6; Children free. RHS members free admission except on Sun and garden tours

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:

Picnics in car park only. Please refer to website for details of talks & tours.

Garden Features & Events

Ornamental ponds and topiary yew.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

Euonymus (deciduous)

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Maison Talbooth, Dedham Lavenham Priory, Lavenham


Le Talbooth, Dedham Milsoms, Dedham

Inns & Pubs:

Kings Head, East Bergholt Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

East Bergholt Flatford Dedham all John Constable Country

Description of Garden

The garden and arboretum at East Bergholt Place covers some 20 acres and, due to the planting of shelter belts of trees and the proximity of the sea, enjoys its own micro-climate, which supports many rare and unusual trees and shrubs. Its founder, Charles Eley, subscribed to various plant hunting expeditions, in particular those of George Forrest, with results that can still be seen in the garden today.

The garden is renowned for its fine collection of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and spring bulbs and is consequently best viewed in the Spring and early Summer.There is also a very impressive collection of over 100 varieties of Deciduous Euonymus.

The arboretum covers an area of about 15 acres with many large specimen trees, all carefully labelled, and is underplanted with woodland plants.

History Of Garden

The garden was originally laid out between 1900 - 1914 by Charles Eley, the present owner's Great Grandfather. Charles Eley's lifelong interest was inspired by a visit to J. C. Williams' garden at Caerhays in Cornwall, and the garden here has often been referred to as a 'Cornish Garden in Suffolk'.

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