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Snowdrops in spring

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The Water Gardens

Descend onto the cool emerald grass surrounding four large ponds in our water gardens and experience a different climate with lush planting.

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The gardens in autumn

The planting structure in the gardens is gradually revealed

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WIN your photograph in the Beth Chatto Calendar 2018!
WIN your photograph in the Beth Chatto Calendar 2018!

We're looking for the best photographs of the Gardens to feature in our 2018 calendar! Have you visited the Gardens, did you take some beautiful pictures? Then why not enter them for the chance for your photograph to be appreciated by people for a whole month, in kitchens, offices and studies all over the world! PLUS win annual membership and enter the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award!

11th January 2017 IN Garden News
Hellebores in winter
Hellebores in winter

A welcome sight in late winter and early spring, the hellebore provides a feast for the eye.  Christmas rose or Lenten rose as they are commonly known come in hundreds of different varieties and providing you have a part-shaded or fully shaded spot with a humus rich soil and good drainage, then growing hellebores is easy.

11th January 2017 IN Advice

The Beth Chatto Gardens

Welcome to the Beth Chatto Gardens. The Gardens are situated in Elmstead Market, a 10 minute drive from Colchester. They were created by award winning gardener, author and lecturer Beth Chatto, who won 10 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, in 10 consecutive years. Now, they are an inspiration to gardeners and garden lovers and we welcome visitors from all over the world. We are also a renowned nursery and stock over 2000 varieties of plants, many propagated from plants in the Gardens. When you visit, don't miss our guided garden walks, free gardening talks, acclaimed Tearoom and tempting Gift Shop. We are open every day, all year round, except for Christmas and New Year.

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