Step back in time at historic gems like Bridge End and Easton Lodge, lovingly restored to their former glory. Drink in the vistas at Audley End with its ‘Capability’ Brown vision of temples and lakes. Reflect awhile at Beth Chatto’s water garden with its huge gunnera towering above a hundred shades of emerald. Breathe in the heady scents at RHS Hyde Hall and get carried away to distant shores. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views. Why not take a few hours out to wander round some of our county’s most picturesque plots, or plan a whole day out at one of its larger estates? Gardens aren’t just great for gardening enthusiasts but for the whole family too!
The driest county in Britain, our gently rolling landscapes speckled with picturesque villages have inspired many gardeners through the centuries to work their magic.
The gardens at Audley End House are nothing short of spectacular. Originally adapted from a medieval Benedictine monastery, the house and gardens are set in a tranquil landscape with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside.
Beth Chatto is one of the most influential gardeners in Britain, who is perhaps best known for her pioneering, ecological approach to gardening, which was developed in the 1960s, yet is so relevant to gardeners today.
More gardens that inspire
Every turn takes in a new work of art at these intriguing gardens designed by Harlow’s architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, where woodland glades, pools and allees provide settings for some 50 sculptures, ceramic pots, quirky structures and items of architectural salvage.
Choose from a range of trails at this 200-acre estate, set around a formal lake. With an 18th -century walled garden, exotic trees, play area and leafy woodland walks, it’s a beautiful place to witness the changing seasons.
Tucked away in the back streets of pretty Saffron Walden, this lovingly restored Grade II gem consists of seven interlinked gardens laid out in the nineteenth century, and features a formal knot garden, kitchen garden and a popular hedge maze.
This beautifully-designed 20-acre garden is a true plantsman’s paradise, brimming with unusual trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Japanese, seaside, water, gravel, woodland – there are gardens here on every theme.