About Us

Award-winning, world-renowned gardens

Beth Chatto OBE was an award-winning plantswoman, author and lecturer. Her work here at the Gardens began in 1960. She took an overgrown wasteland of brambles, parched gravel and boggy ditches, transforming it using plants adapted by nature to thrive in different conditions: Right plant, right place. An inspirational, informal garden has developed.

Beth oversaw the development of the Gardens into her 90s, and worked closely with her team which include Garden and Nursery Director, David Ward, and Head Gardener Åsa Gregers-Warg. The Gardens remain a family-run business, managed by Beth's granddaughter, Julia Boulton.

What was once a car park is now a world-renowned Gravel Garden (which is never watered), and the dozens of plants Beth used to give to friends and family have morphed into one of the UK's leading plantsman's nurseries.

The Gardens

There are five main areas of the garden, all dealing with challenging soils and aspects and showing what becomes possible when you work with nature rather than against it:

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