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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
+44 1206 822007
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Ranked #4 of 44 Attractions in Colchester
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Find inspiration in 7.5 Acres of beautiful Essex Gardens complete with large plant nursery and Tea Rooms. Ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth... more » Owner description: Find inspiration in 7.5 Acres of beautiful Essex Gardens complete with large plant nursery and Tea Rooms. Ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth Chatto welcomes you to her world-famous informal garden. Follow Drought tolerant planting as it descends into lush Water Gardens and the cool of Woodland Gardens, demonstrating perfectly the ethos of "right plant for the right place". Open seven days a week, the large plant Nursery propagates quality plants all year round while the Tea Rooms offer refreshment over-looking the Gravel Gardens. « less
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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the gardens very much. The walk around the lakes, the beautiful colours in the borders, even at this time of year. However I would not recommend the tea rooms. We chose the speciality of the day, Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake. It was one very stodgy unappetising lump. After eating part of it, we returned it to the... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Although the journey by train isn't easy, the effort to get to Beth Chatto gardens is worth every minute. The visit was a highlight of my summer. She has several different areas cultivated with suitable plants, and the one receiving most attention was the gravel garden which has no watering other than what falls from the sky, and yet has... More

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Tonbridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Whilst the garden is well kept and very peaceful, it was much smaller than we expected. The dry garden is free but the entrance fee for rest of the garden is quite expensive for the size. We were given a mail order catalogue which helped to identify some of the plants. Probably would not visit again.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

relaxed and colourful, parking good, price fair, but would have liked to linger longer but my fitness did not permit

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The gardens are always a worthwhile visit. then a sumptuous lunch in the café. It is a special place to visit especially for gardeners.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A visit to this garden fulfilled a long held wish and did not disappoint me in the least. It offers the most beautiful vistas and views but most importantly, if you are a gardener, there is so much to learn. The planting, the plants, the different environments offer so much beauty and information . The garden I enjoyed the most... More

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a diverse garden, beautifully landscaped and planted for interest in all seasons. It features a dry garden, a gravel garden, shady areas, ponds and damp areas. There's a well--stocked nursery, with many unusual plants, and there's a small but pleasant restaurant/café. The staff are well informed and friendly. Entrance fee to the gardens is £6.50, while entry to... More

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Lancashire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited on a warm sunny day when there were a number of different events taking place including a number of stands and talks connected to wildlife. The gardens although not excessively large are well maintained with many varieties of plants and trees. It was lovely to walk through different gardens and footpaths and to see children engaging in some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited this garden on the bank holiday Sunday. It was very peaceful and lovely variation of plants and shrubs. The only thing was that I wanted to buy a particular white Hydrangea, which was in the gardens and I have been looking for ages and they didn't sell it at the garden centre here:-( Maybe I may have more... More

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Wickford, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The garden is beautiful and peaceful. It is relatively small, but very well cared for, and is easy to walk around. I would have given 4 stars, but for our experience in the tea room. I went with my 10-year-old daughter and my parents. We ordered jacket potatoes, and all 4 of them arrived barely warm (they had also run... More

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