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Gardening Event, Sat 16 May 2020

Ardleigh Gardens

Ardleigh Gardens


National Open Garden Scheme


Town Centre,
CO1 1


Three lovely, large country gardens set in the beautiful setting of nearby Constable country of north east Essex. Refreshments, and parking in paddock at Mayfield Farm. Mayfield Farm a 3 acre garden which only a few years ago was largely a field with a huge glass house and poly tunnels. Now planted with long borders, a secret garden and yew hedging for topiary. Over 200,000 bulbs have been planted in the last 4 years to create a wonderful spring display. Shepherds Hut and new potting shed. Charity Farm is a 4½ acre garden created from an open and empty site since 2001. Woodland walks and 2 avenues of trees create vistas. A large lake surrounded with natural planting and contains lots of pool frogs which sing loudly in early summer. Parts of the garden are delineated with beech and yew hedging, and the latest planting is a birch grove containing 12 different kinds of birch trees. NEW Hungerdowns a garden of 1½ acres, formally laid out around the house. Box hedges, topiary, a white garden, pond, orchard. Well planted and will provide plenty of interest. There is a yew maze and a 6 acre woodland.

Features and Attractions
Guided tours of Mayfield Farm.

Home-made teas at Mayfield Farm.

Adult: £8.50
Child: Free

Gardens open on this day as part of this group
For group openings you pay one admission price and you get entry to all the gardens on that day. See below for gardens that are part of this group. Please note that sometimes not all gardens open on every open day, check the dates above for more info

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 16 May 2020


Adult: £8.50
Child: Free



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Map reference: TL 997254  Lat: 51.89170 Long: 0.90119


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups