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“A Lovely Garden To Visit.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Beth Chatto Gardens

The Beth Chatto Gardens
Ranked #4 of 63 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Lancashire, England
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“A Lovely Garden To Visit.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 of the events such as pond dipping and attending talks about Bats or Badgers. There were some families enjoying a picnic by one of the ponds.
To finish off our visit we went to the cafe were we enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and some home made Victoria Sponge Cake.

I do agree with previous comments that the admission fee is a little overpriced and that if it was cheaper they may get more visitors, who may be prepared to spend more on plants and other items that are for sale.
Our visit lasted just under two hours including the visit to the coffee shop.

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful, peaceful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

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 luck next spring! We also enjoyed tea and cake in the tearoom :-)

Thank Esmeralda6
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Wickford, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 out of chicken for the chicken, bacon and sweetcorn filling)!! The staff were not exactly friendly or helpful, and as the food is certainly not cheap, this detracted from an otherwise pleasant day out!!

Visited August 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

We had planned a visit to Beth Chatto Gardens, as part of a visit to Norfolk and surrounding counties. Upon leaving Sandringham for Colchester the weather wasn’t great. Very overcast. As we drove towards Colchester the rain came on and stayed on. Should we still go to this garden or drive back to London? Well, I can say that we did go to the garden and I’m very glad that we did!

A truly wonderful garden it is, even in the pouring rain. An inspirational story can be read on the walls of the tea room of how it came together over the last 50+ years. Eleven consecutive gold medals from RHS Chelsea. Beth Chatto is indeed a master of her craft. In particular, the display of succulents beside the house was truly outstanding. Some of which I had never seen before.

The food in the restaurant was very good. The seafood platter was especially good. We came away with a number of plants from the garden centre and next year we plan to return to this wonderful place.

Visited August 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

Loved this garden, so peaceful and pretty especially the water. I like gardening but don't know very much. It was helpful to see what plants to grow together. It is not so huge that you need a whole day and is easy to walk round.

Great well laid out selection of plants to buy, we came home with an impressive plant for our pond.

Tea rooms looked nice too but we didn't linger. Quite a small shop but nice gifty things. Easy parking and helpful friendly staff.

Visited August 2014
Thank Pinnerpearl
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