Beth Chatto’s Garden


The Gardeners World programme on the BBC very often features Beth Chatto’s beautiful garden.Beth Chatto's Garden 019

The site was an over grown wasteland between two farms when she and her husband Andrew bought it in 1960.    Beth Chatto's Garden 007 Faced with many difficult conditions with dry and damp soil in both sun and shade they were able to but into practice the underlying principals of what is now referred to as "Ecological gardening"   There are a series of four gardens – Scree, Gravel, Woodland and Water.   Walk with me and I will show you around.

I remember some years ago we were having somBeth Chatto's Garden 006e very hot dry summers, and there were hosepipe bans all over the country, Beth turned her Car  Park into a dry garden using plants that that could withstand a drought and using ground cover plants and natural mulches to preserve the moisture in the ground.  She vowed never to water and any plant that could not survive – did not, and was replaced with a variety that did.

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Beth was and inspiration to the RHS who  in their turn have incorporated dry areas in to their own gardens. Beth Chatto's Garden 021 

As we approach we come upon the water gardens which were originally muddy gravel pits, clearly a lot of loving care has gone into making the garden what it is today.   What amazes me when ever we visit gardens very rarely do we see anybody working there, they seems to spill out their beauty with no visible sign of effort!  

Moving on we come to the sunny Beth Chatto's Garden 031boarders alive with vibrant colours, this is one of my favorite colour combinations, though I am disappointed in the way Windows Live Writer is reproducing the photos, you will get a better picture if you look in the album!

It was a dull day and we had some rain but it did not spoil our enjoyment.Beth Chatto's Garden 044

Woodland paths meander through dappled sunlight to show shade loving plants at their best, there was even a patch of Himalayan Balsam, well under control, a very beautiful plant introduced to the UK in about 1830, considered to be and invasive weed, it is banned by the RHS.  Related to the Busy Lizzy tolerates shade and in its turn shades out other plants as it grows to a height of five or six feet.Garden in July 069


The gardens were laid out with many beautiful vistas, but a few specimen blooms and seed head took my fancy, please look in the photo album to see more pictures of this beautiful garden and if you should ever venture into the exciting county of Essex I do hope you will visit it, here is the web site.

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10 Responses to Beth Chatto’s Garden

  1. Magick says:

    Hi Suki:
    You have so many beautiful gardens where you live.  I think it’s wonderful that these people open their gardens for the public to come in and see the beauty.

  2. Dusty says:

    Thanks for that Suki – another beautiful garden in your area – lovely photos too….thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Longfella says:

    Thats what I call a garden.Didn’t know it was in Essex but it’s on my ‘to do’ list now. Keep clicking–beautiful.

  4. Cindy says:

    You would never get me to go inside with ALL those magnificent gardens around.  Gorgeous! 

  5. Cindy says:

    Yeah rocking him to sleep would be an option if he didn’t wake up screaming as soon as you put him to bed.  LOL
    Holy Crap! … fingernail polish?! … Seriously!!  I think my head would have exploded.  I wonder if brains are harder to get out than polish?

  6. Michiko's says:

     Hi Suki,
     The beautiful gardens to me that almost in the dream in the Australia. because of dry weather for such a long times.
     I don’ think we will have that likes yours, but still at least I can coming to your space to have look at them.
     Thank you for visit my space.
     Have a wonderful weekend with loved ones,

  7. Embrace says:

     Dear Suki,
    Your photos are always so beautifully done. Love them all.!!!
    You have been tagged. Come by my space and see .
    Hope your day is good and week full of photos
    Love Lisa

  8. Kuskulana says:

    Those are amazing gardens, I have not seen anything like them.
    I think using the ecology theme is good, and letting them thrive naturally.
    I looked through the album and love all the pictures.
    Good job on the blog Suki, and yes it is a challenge with the spaces limitations of photos some times! 

  9. Delete52Mitch says:

    The garden looks great. Do you ever enter the vegetables you grow in the county fair ? Much love and best wishes from Alabama.

  10. Tani says:

    Beautiful gardens.I see you are having a great time with the new camera.I am still learning,nad getting better every day.I don’t think we ever stop learning,there is just too much to learn.LOL 

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