Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Beth Chatto Gardens


The Beth Chatto Gardens, located in Essex, United Kingdom, are the work of award-winning plantswoman, Beth Chatto. In 1960, she began planting a series of gardens in a rather inhospitable patch of British terrain. Naysayers said it couldn't be done in this place of nutrient-deprived soil and less than twenty inches of rain per year. But she followed her mantra, "the right plant for the right place," and created lovely gardens. The Gravel Garden is a shining example. She used one of her parking lots, with its well-draining soil, to study which flowers tolerated little water. More than twenty years later, allium, iris, Oriental poppies, catmint, and sage stand bright and beautiful in this place.

Other gardens include the Water Garden with four ponds, and a Woodland Garden, which shows visitors that beautiful gardens can be created in shady spots.



The gardens are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Cost of admission is 6.95 British pounds.

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  1. How gorgeous! It kind of reminds me of the time I visited the Huntington Gardens in California.

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    1. The Huntington Gardens are also very pretty!

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  2. Hi Sherry - I gather her Gravel Garden is a delight to see ... I've never been - one day I will get there ... the gardens sound wonderful - a great place for a wander in and around .. cheers Hilary

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    1. There are so many beautiful gardens in your country!

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  3. sounds like quite a different variety. The woman has a green thumb, that's for sure

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    1. Yes! I'm not sure I could have done that!

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  4. Hi Sherry. I am back after a short break from Blogging and delighted to see this post. The gardens are in the same county where I live, about one hour away! It's worth a detour for anyone in the area. The East of England has very low rainfall and these gardens are a good example of what can be done.
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    1. There are many beautiful gardens to see in your country! I hope you've gotten to see this one.

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  6. Hi Sherry,

    We are planning England trip in summer and I'm making notes of gardens to visit. Thanks for this one :)

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    1. Glad I brought this garden to your attention.

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  7. I've always wanted to visit a place like this.

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