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With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views this Essex garden provides somewhere to watch the changing seasons and get closer to nature.
In spring, Hyde Hall erupts with a range of flowering bulbs in a plethora of shapes and sizes, from delicate dog tooth violets to blousy daffodils, while rhododendrons and camellias compete for your attention. Summer arrives with an exuberant display of colour in the herbaceous border, the heady scent of a thousand rose blooms and the Mediterranean brought to Essex in the purple haze of the Dry Garden.
Autumn is a subtle delight with flowering grasses, structural seed heads, turning leaves and the punctuations of lustrous hues provided by ripening fruits and berries. Winter provides magical scenes of rolling frost tinged fields, wide open skies and the reflection of skeletal trees and coloured stems in looking glass waters.
Must see areas of the garden, include the quintessential hilltop garden with its ponds, roses, herbaceous borders and lush green lawns; and the Mediterranean styled Dry Garden which showcases a fantastic range of drought tolerant plants.
After a stroll round the garden why not grab a snack in our light and airy café, or treat yourself to a wholesome lunch in our thatched barn restaurant. And be sure to have a look in the shop where you will find garden tools, fine foods, indulgent toiletries and a good selection of books. Out in the plant centre there are lots of traditional favourites to give your garden colour and interest.
Adults: £7.20, Children (5-16) £3.60, Family (2+2) £19.40. Pre-booked Groups (10+) £6.20,
RHS Member & family guest - free.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Notes||Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Closed Christmas Day.
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Map reference: TQ 781995 Lat: 51.66649 Long: 0.57442
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 8 miles (12.9 kms) from Chelmsford station
Visitor Centre with cafe, gift shop and plant centre.
Licenced restaurant and information centre within main garden.
|Wed 1 May 2013 - Sun 1 Sep 2013||Guruve Sculpture Exhibition|
|Sun 26 May 2013||Garden & Flower Photography Course|
|Tue 28 - Thu 30 May 2013||Children's Learn to Garden|
|Fri 31 May 2013||Creative Containers|
|Wed 5 Jun 2013||Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club|
|Sat 15 Jun 2013||Vintage Flower Arrangements|
|Wed 19 Jun 2013||Gardening with Wildlife in Mind|
|Wed 26 Jun 2013||Grow Your Own - Summer|
|Sat 29, Sun 30 Jun 2013||Garden Party|
|Wed 3 Jul 2013||Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club|
|Thu 4 Jul 2013||Late Night Opening (exclusive to RHS members)|
|Sat 6 Jul 2013||Jazz Evening|
|Sun 7 Jul 2013||Linking Landscapes - Summer Walk|
|Sat 13 Jul 2013||What Now - Your Garden in July & August|
|Thu 18 Jul 2013||Late Night Opening (exclusive to RHS members)|
|Sat 20 Jul 2013||Theatre Evening - A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|Wed 24, Thu 25 Jul 2013||Children's Great Garden Adventure|
|Sat 27, Sun 28 Jul 2013||Essex Craft & Design Show|
|Tue 30, Wed 31 Jul 2013||Children's Great Garden Adventure|
|Thu 1 - Sun 4 Aug 2013||Flower Show|
|Thu 1 Aug 2013||RHS Members' Flower Show Preview Breakfast|
|Fri 2 Aug 2013||Flower Show Breakfast|
|Tue 6 - Thu 8 Aug 2013||Children's Great Garden Adventure|
|Fri 9 - Sun 11 Aug 2013||Chelmsford Art Society|
|Fri 9 Aug 2013||Gardening with Bats in Mind|
|Sat 10 Aug 2013||Contemporary Cards|
|Tue 13 - Thu 15 Aug 2013||Children's Great Garden Adventure|
|Fri 16 - Mon 26 Aug 2013||Association of Essex Photographers Exhibition|
|Tue 20 - Thu 22 Aug 2013||Children's Great Garden Adventure|
|Tue 27 - Thu 29 Aug 2013||Children's Great Garden Adventure|
|Fri 30 Aug 2013||Summer Propagation|
|Wed 4 Sep 2013||Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club|
|Sat 7 Sep 2013||What Now - Your Garden in September & October|
|Thu 19 Sep 2013||Autumn Lawn Care|
|Sat 21, Sun 22 Sep 2013||Autumn Plant Fair|
|Sat 28, Sun 29 Sep 2013||Chilli Pepper Weekend|
|Wed 2 Oct 2013||Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club|
|Sat 12, Sun 13 Oct 2013||Grow Your Own Autumn Festival|
|Sun 20 Oct 2013||Linking Landscapes - Autumn Walk|
|Thu 24 Oct 2013||Grow Your Own - Autumn|
|Sat 26 Oct 2013||Children's Pumpkin Carving|
|Tue 29 - Thu 31 Oct 2013||Children's Sens-ational Half Term Fun|
|Fri 1 Nov 2013||Rose Pruning - Climbers & Ramblers|
|Wed 6 Nov 2013||Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club|
|Thu 7 Nov 2013||Rose Pruning - Climbers & Ramblers|
|Fri 8 Nov 2013||FREE Day Friday|
|Thu 21 Nov 2013||Christmas Shopping Evening (Visitor Centre)|
|Sat 23, Sun 24 Nov 2013||Christmas Craft Fair|
|Mon 2 - Sun 22 Dec 2013||Christmas Lunches|
|Wed 4 Dec 2013||Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club|
|Thu 5 Dec 2013||Sculpting with Nature|
|Sat 7, Sun 8 Dec 2013||Children's Magic of Christmas|
|Thu 26 Dec 2013||Christmas Sale (Visitor Centre)|