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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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Beautiful and interesting, with famous "never, ever watered" gravel garden.

This is a great place to visit if you have a garden of your own or simply enjoy wandering through lovely, lushly planted beds and borders. When you arrive the car park leads... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Brighton
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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit if you have a garden of your own or simply enjoy wandering through lovely, lushly planted beds and borders. When you arrive the car park leads into the gravel garden where Beth Chatto has become famous for establishing a thriving and beautiful display without ever struggling round with a watering can. Essex is... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you have a spare day go to Beth Chatto Gardens it is a wonderful garden & the nursery has lots of unusual plants.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I knew I was going to see a celebrated gravel garden, but nothing prepared me for the astonishing and beautiful late summer planting in the main garden. It was breathtaking. The cafeteria was useful too for refreshments. But the icing on the cake was the huge plant nursery. Every plant grown in the gardens. I came home with my car... More 

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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

i just live a few miles away from this stunning garden, so we always take guests to visit. The weather wasn't good but we still went. This is a very beautiful tranquil garden which has been put together with lots of love. We arrived and started our walk then the heavens opened but we were in the woodland so sheltered... More 

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Hadleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful and rather special garden; it always gladdens one heart just to be there: spring and summer, autumn or winter. From the 'dry' garden walking down to the ponds in the valley is a stroll through a veritable gardening paradise.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Definitely worth a visit - beautiful gardens, amazingly renovated. A lot neater than Hyde Hall and everything is labelled well. Didn't take long to walk round so take your time. Cafe was lovely moist cakes, delicious coffee and friendly service. Free in the Winter to RHS members.

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

Whilst killing some time in the area I stumbled across these gardens via a well signposted road pointing me towards the gardens with tea room. It was a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the town traffic. Luckily I had my camera with me to take some snaps to remember the experience fully. With perfect weather I strolled... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review and I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were recommended to go as we are expanding our garden planting, but even without that it was a wonderful garden to walk round. It has a lovely calm feel to it, with wondrous colours and some unusual plants. The layout is clever, with lots of different areas, vistas and places to sit. Lots of labels so we could identify... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We arrived about 10.30 and explored the dry garden, which was full of colour. Then having paid to see the garden, loved walking past large beds with swaithes of colour, up by the ponds with water lilies in full bloom, then up by the reservoir through shady trees and on to the scree. We looked at the plants that were... More 

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East Anglia, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Have wanted to visit for a long time after watching various tv programmes featuring the famous Gravel garden and more recently the lake and woodland areas. We walked through the various locations following the map provided with our entrance sticker stopping to enjoy views from the wooden benches provided then went into the nursery area which was well laid out... More 

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