National Garden Scheme - new gardens open in Essex

PUBLISHED: 16:50 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013

45 Waterhouse Lane

45 Waterhouse Lane

In part two of her review of the Essex gardens open for the National Garden Scheme this year, county organiser Susan Copeland turns her attentions to the treasured spaces the charity will unveil for the first time in 2010

Peacocks, Margaretting
Surrounding a Regency house, this is a five-acre natural garden with many mature native and specimen trees. The garden also boasts a period greenhouse, melon house and potting shed. It has a formal walled garden and another under construction, while the newly-restored temple lake is a fantastic addition. There is even a woodland walk and a new orchard and flower meadow.
Open Thursday, May 13 and Thursday, June 10.

Brookfield Cottage, Mill Green, near Ingatestone
Meander through a formal white topiary garden to a woodland retreat in this third-of-an-acre garden set in the beautiful conservation area of Mill Green. Landscaping and mixed planting has been well used to create a delightful garden with interest in both colour and form. Open Sunday, May 16, 11am to 4pm.

Cobwebs, Rochford
This superb plantsmans garden is particularly colourful in May and June when roses are in full bloom. There are more than 100 clematis too, trained over pergolas and arches. Rhododendrons and camellias are all enhanced by a delightful pond and water features. Visitors are welcome by appointment from May to the end of September.

13 Deirdre Avenue, Wickford
This is one of the best and most extensive organic vegetable gardens in Essex. As well as the vegetable gardens there is a most attractive quarter-of-an-acre town garden with a wide range of plants including dahlias, hostas, ferns and climbers.The garden features a pond, stream, bog garden, an ivy tunnel and many secret corners.
Open Sunday, May 30 and Sunday, July 11 from 1pm to 6pm.

45 Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford
A big surprise behind a busy road, this is a true plantsmans town garden. Artistic and creative ideas include a subtropical area with architectural and exotic plants while there is even the chance to relax by the spring-fed crystal clear pond and stream with ornamental fish.
Open on Sunday, July 11 and Sunday, July 18 (both 2pm to 5pm) plus illuminated evening openings on Sunday, August 29 and Sunday, September 5 (both 7pm to 9pm) by advanced ticket booking.

Galleywood Group
Two completely different and intimate gardens, 2 Cannon Leys and Martingales, make a trip to Galleywood twice as enjoyable. One is a plantaholics garden packed with unusual perennials and shrubs while the other is an artists paved courtyard garden. Open Sunday, July 4 from 2pm to 6pm.

The Limes, East Hanningfield
This is a garden of many rooms that surrounds a Victorian house. An intricate layout is designed to lure you around this tranquil garden with its mature trees and interesting plants featuring grasses, roses and clematis.
Open Friday, June 4 (6pm to 9pm) and Sunday, June 6 (2pm to 6pm).

Mcpherlynns Dream, Palmers Avenue, Grays
A quiet, side walkway leads to a courtyard, with split levels featuring a sunken pond and more than 100 pots of hostas, ferns and topiary. An arch leads to a semi-formal garden with deep herbaceous borders and a pathway under a delightful rambling rose leads to the vegetable garden.
Open Sunday, May 23; Sunday, July 25, and Sunday, September 5, from noon until 5pm each day. Visitors are also welcome by appointment.

Orchard House, Quendon, near Saffron Walden
This striking garden of two acres has been created by a Spanish couple and has been inspired by the Spanish gardens of Andalusia there is even a chapel to visit. With views across the countryside through fine mature trees, this is a peaceful space and the formal pond garden looking over towards the old village church is a particular treat.
Open on Saturday, June 26 from 11am to 5pm.

69 Rundells, Harlow
A fabulous example of just what can be achieved in a small space, this highly colourful garden is packed with shrubs, perennials and bedding plants in more than 140 containers and an adjoining allotment.
Open Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 25 from 2pm to 5pm. An evening opening is also being held on Saturday, June 19 from 7.30pm midnight, but tickets must be booked in advance. Call 01279 303471. Visitors are also welcome at other times by appointment.

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