Beth Chatto Gardens

Spring Plant Festival Weekend

Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester

Saturday 12th May 2018 and Sunday 13th May 2018

“The Gardens will be open to ALL during this special plant festival weekend. Come and enjoy FREE talks on gardening, plants, the gardens, and special behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the gardeners who manage the beautiful gardens of one of the world’s most influential plantswomen, 10-time Chelsea Gold Medal winner, and author Beth Chatto.

Admission to the Garden will be free throughout the weekend. Talks and tours will be free, and ticketed on a first-come first-serve basis.”

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Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB.

Tel: 01206 822007 Fax: 01206 825933 E-mail:

The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.

Complementing the gardens is a large retail nursery producing a wide range of plants, the majority of which can be seen growing in the gardens. Coaches are welcome and our newly refurbished tearoom is now open, offering light refreshments.

Beth Chatto was thrilled to be presented an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University on 11th November 2009. The award was in recognition of outstanding achievement in her field and to exemplify what is possible to achieve thanks to hard work, determination and talent. Mrs Chatto had the opportunity to speak at the award ceremony to the graduating students and found the whole day very enjoyable. This is the second time Mrs Chatto has received such an honour, the first being in 1987 when she received an honorary degree from the University of Essex, which can be seen on display in our Tea Room.



Open Mon – Sat 9.00-4.00 Sundays 10.00-4.00 

Beth Chatto Gardens

The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 when the site was an overgrown wasteland between two farms. Faced with all kinds of difficult conditions Beth and Andrew Chatto set out to find homes for many of the plants they wished to grow. With dry and damp soil in both sun and shade, they were able put into practice the underlying principles of what is now referred to as “Ecological gardening”.

Accompanied children under 14 free. No other concessions. No dogs. Light refreshments are available in our newly refurbished tearoom. Available are hot and cold drinks, locally made cakes and ice creams and a small selection of filled rolls.

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to be eaten on benches situated in the grassed car park. Toilet facilities are available (including disabled). Except for exceptionally wet periods the garden is accessible for wheelchairs (not provided)

Beth Chatto light and modern Tea Room, which overlooks the famous Gravel Garden was opened in 2006 and welcomes our visitors throughout the year. Our friendly staff are always on hand to offer light lunches and refreshments including home-made soup, filled rolls, mouth-watering cakes, teas and coffees. We try to source our produce locally as often as possible, from Tiptree Jams to James Whites Juices and award-winning ice cream from the Manor Farm Creamery in Bury St Edmunds. The Tea Room is an ideal finish to a walk around the Gardens and Nursery; it also hosts the Beth Chatto Gardens ever-growing list of workshops and events.

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