🌼 Enjoying Essex – Hyde Hall Gardens, Chelmsford 🌼

I had been meaning to visit Hyde Hall Gardens for some time but the weather was always against us or we had other plans. So on the first fine day we decided to drive over and have a look. My dear husband seemed aghast when we arrived and found out it wasn’t an old building we were visiting but a vast garden!

Hyde Hall Gardens is owned and managed by The Royal Horticultural Society and covers more than 365 acres of land. It is divided up into different types of gardens ranging from Mediterranean, Australian/New Zealand, Winter, Vegetable and Dry gardens. There is a large nursery from which to buy plants from. There are panoramic views of the rolling hills and the Essex countryside. We had an amazing morning here walking around and marvelling at all kinds of plants, trees and flowers.

Views from the top

Sculptures by David Watkinson

Coppiced Willows
“Allow yourself to bend like a willow in the wind, so that you will not break”

That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty

~ William Shakespeare ~

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope”
~ Lady Bird Johnson ~

As you can see it was a glorious day, bitterly cold but the sun was shining making the water glisten and the flowers look brighter.

Blooming magnolia tree

The old farmhouse
One of the old barns
Gabion Wall
A gabion is a cage, cylinder or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building, military applications and landscaping. – Source: Wikipedia

Finally time for a rest!

We enjoyed our time at Hyde Hall Gardens, it’s a great place to visit to stretch your legs and get your daily exercise. A place of peace and tranquility with many places to sit and rest and enjoy the magnificent views.

“Cheerio everyone”

This is the last post for the “Enjoying Essex” series as we are now back in our homeland of Perth, WA. I hope you have enjoyed travelling along with us in Essex.

I’ve linked this post with a few challenges that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

Flower of the Day – FOTD
Pull up a Seat
Photographing Public Art Challenge – PPAC
Restless Jo’s Monday Walks


  1. I know very little of Essex but I know I’d love these gardens, Alison, especially the area around the old farmhouse. The leaf sculptures are lovely too. I’m glad you had such a bright, beautiful day and could see them at their best. Many thanks for sharing!

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  2. Alison, what wonderful statues. The leaf reminds me of my garden in the late fall when the leaves start to deteriorate. The willow tree sculptures caused me to take a second and third look to see if they are real. I wonder what they look like when they bloom. Thanks for linking to PPAC.

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  3. What a delightful place Alison and it seems everyone had great weather on Monday. These gorgeous gardens, with all the artistic flourishes, remind me a little of Trentham outside Stoke, which we toured a few weeks back. Excellent robin shot.

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