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Maison Talbooth, Dedham Lavenham Priory, Lavenham
Le Talbooth, Dedham Milsoms, Dedham
Kings Head, East Bergholt Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland
East Bergholt Flatford Dedham all John Constable Country
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.
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'.