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RHS Hyde Hall
Address: RHS Garden Hyde Hall,
Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Tel: 01245 400256
Opening TimesMarch - October
10am - 6pm
November - February
10am - 4pm
Open every day except Christmas Day.
Last entry one hour before closing
For centuries Hyde Hall had been a working farm and the area around the house was used as a dumping ground for all kinds of rubbish, until 1955 when Dr and Mrs Robinson came to the site and began clearing and planted with anything available, including 60 young trees bought at auction in Wickford Market. In this way the herbaceous borders and vegetable garden close to the house was created. The house itself dates back to the 18th century; a typical Essex farmhouse of timber frame, lath and plaster.
In 1993 the garden became the responsibility of the Royal Horticultural Society, having been bequeathed by the Trust to ensure its future survival. Under ownership of the RHS a number of modifications were made to accommodate growing visitor numbers. One of the first major garden projects was the installation of a 10 million gallon reservoir to provide the garden with all its irrigation needs. To further promote its water-efficient ethos a Mediterranean styled Dry Garden was added to showcase a range of drought tolerant plants. The Dry Garden was completed in the spring of 2001 – following one of the wettest winters known.
A major renovation came in 2008 with the construction of a visitor centre comprising a café, shop and plant centre. The building was officially opened in March 2010 by Alan Titchmarsh.
Work at this Essex garden continues at a monumental pace and the ever-changing landscape ensures visitors have plenty to draw inspiration from. Forthcoming projects include a new Winter Garden, Global Vegetable Garden and Big Sky Meadows.
Gabriel Ash at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
At RHS Garden Hyde Hall you can find several Gabriel Ash structures including:
- An RHS Hyde Hall
- An Upright Coldframe
The most popular of our RHS inspired structures the Hyde Hall measures approximately 8 by 10 ft.
Our RHS Structures can be identified by their distinct 45 degree pitch roof complete with finials and narrow window measurements adding to the victorian inspired look the RHS range is based on.
Highlights of the Hyde Hall Gardens
Here's a breakdown of some of the fantastic sights to be seen throughout the Rosemoor garden areas during your visit; including a new learning centre project set to wow the public!