Visit to the Beth Chatto Gardens and RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Tuesday 19th June 2017. Coach from Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Road - 8.15am for 8.30 departure; back around 6.15pm. Non-members welcome.
The Beth Chatto Gardens, near Colchester, were started by Beth Chatto in 1960. She took an overgrown wasteland of brambles, parched gravel and boggy ditches, and transformed it by using plants adapted by nature to thrive in different conditions. The informal gardens which have been developed here are now an inspiration to gardeners and plant lovers all over the world.
Today the Beth Chatto Gardens comprise the Gravel Garden, the Scree Garden, the Water Garden, the Woodland Garden and the Reservoir Garden. The planting in each garden reflects Beth Chatto’s dictum - “the right plant in the right place”.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, sits prominently on a hilltop with sweeping views across the rolling Essex countryside, taking full advantage of its 360-degree views. At the centre of the gardens there are intensely cultivated planting schemes that slowly begin to soften and blend out into the surrounding landscape.
The result is an eclectic mix of horticulture from traditional rose gardens and herbaceous borders to vegetable gardens and large sweeping borders of grasses and meadowland.
We will arrive at The Beth Chatto Gardens at around 10.45am where we will be given the Gardener’s Tour. After taking lunch there we will move on to RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Both gardens have extensive plant sales. We should arrive back in Dulwich Village around 6.15pm.
Tickets (including admissions and tour) are £30 each and may be purchased on the Eventbrite website (www.eventbrite.co.uk - search “Dulwich Society”) or by sending a cheque (payable to The Dulwich Society) and stamped addressed envelope to Will Anderson at 141 Rosendale Road, London SE21 8HE.