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The Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 822007
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Description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission...
Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and Tea Room all free to gain access. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, using the principles of ecological planting, it has been transformed into 7 acres of informal garden comprising of the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Woodland Garden and Scree Garden all harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best. There is also an extensive Nursery with choice of over 2,000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs. Light and spacious Tearoom with homemade cakes, light lunches, breakfasts, fresh ground coffee and selection of teas. Closed Christmas and New Year
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The cafe was lovely, food was delicious, not as much on offer as I would have expected.... The shop was very small and didn't really have much to offer The gardens are very pretty... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Jenny G
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The cafe was lovely, food was delicious, not as much on offer as I would have expected.... The shop was very small and didn't really have much to offer The gardens are very pretty and worth a look around though :)

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Myself and my daughters visited during the February half term, and they were really excited to be able to take part in the bulb activity. We also came last year during the October half term when they did the Halloween pumpkin hunt. On both occasions, we had lunch in the tea room. The food and drink was delicious, and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

For keen gardeners this is a must and for RHS members there are excellent reductions. A variety of habitats and unusual plants provide food for thought. While on the subject of food prob avoid the cafe which is v slow with indifferent offerings!

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, It is great that you think we are a 'must' for keen gardeners. I'm so sorry that you found the service in our tearoom slow as we aim to provide an excellent service to all of our customers. We have given your feedback to the team and they have put in place training to speed... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Inspiring garden with a variety of environments including dry garden and lake. There is also an interesting and good value plants to buy

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A beautiful and tranqil garden to walk in and admire. Once you have seen the gardens you can buy plants which are always excellent quality

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BethChattoGarden, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Beth Chatto and the Gardening team will be so pleased that you found the Garden to be tranquil, many of our customers comment on the peaceful and uplifting affect the Garden has on them. Most of the plants in our Nursery are propagated on site here at the Gardens under the watchful eye of Emily... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Fantastic gardens and ponds - lots to look at - is different in every season. Great tea and coffee shop with delicious food.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you like gardens theres something to enjoy and appreciate all year here ,just sit in the tranquil environment, and seeing many many varieties of plants you dont see in your usual garden centre if you want to buy something the garden centre is a excellent choice to find it, a great place to sit and enjoy the nature and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Is a lovely place to pop in for refreshment or to look round the gardens. If you are local it is worthwhile getting a yearly card.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent layout in beautiful location,good food and helpful staff. Our visit was with friends who used to live in the area and they were really surprised just how much the gardens have kept their orifginality

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely garden, you will want to return. Very good cafe' to eat & plants to buy. Very interesting plants, amazing trees & lake. We took our art group there & drawing equipment & had a smashing day sketching. Nice lunch or snack too.

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