OPEN GARDENS

The Maldon District is home to an array of stunning gardens that you can visit over the summer period. These open gardens are home to formal flower beds, herbaceous borders, wildlife walks, ornamental kitchen gardens, beautiful meadows and more. Some offer amazing views of the River Crouch, and others offer fine views of the Blackwater Estuary and beyond. They are not to be missed!

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Maldon
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens are comprised of three acres of grounds, set by the private residence of Beeleigh Abbey, which dates back to the 12th century. For 2017, there are 3000 extra spring bulbs, and planted walkways with a central water feature newly dividing the main lawn of this historic setting.

April sees primroses, daffodils and tulips, with camellias, magnolias and fruit blossom. May has spring bedding plants and bulbs displayed in the mixed borders, along with magnolias, and rhododendrons. Bluebells lead to the tranquil river, and the wisteria walkway blooms between the rose and soft fruit gardens. In June, the many modern English roses in the formal beds, and on several garden walls, start to take centre stage. These are followed by the cottage and bog gardens & wild slower meadow in July.

In August, summer bedding displays are at their peak. Roses reappear, with later flowering perennials in September. The open days at Beeleigh Abbey Gardens are always popular and are not to be missed.
Ulting Wick is centred around three listed black barns and a 17th century farmhouse which provide the backdrop for exuberant planting in eight acres. It is comprised of thousands of colourful tulips, flowing innovative spring planting, mini annual wild flower meadows, herbaceous borders, mature weeping willows, and dramatic late summer beds with zingy, tender, exotic plant combinations.

On Sunday openings, All Saints Church in Ulting will be open in conjunction with the garden for talks on its history. Ulting Wick offers beautiful dog walks along the River Chelmer from the garden, as well as lots of unusual plants for sale. New combinations are tried out every year, so visitors are guaranteed that no one visit is ever the same.

Check out the open days at Ulting Wick, where homemade afternoon teas and refreshments will be served. Visits can also be made by arrangement from March to October for private groups. A private guide or talk will be included for numbers in excess of fifteen people.
Ulting Wick
Tulips at Ulting Wick Gardens in the Maldon District
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens in Maldon
Wickham Place Farm Garden has evolved over generations, starting with the building of the two acre red brick walled garden back in 1706. Wisterias were planted after its life as a cattle farm around 1950.

The walled garden is a small part of the fourteen acre part planted and part left to wildlife. The woodland has winding paths with bluebells in May and cyclamen in September, and it's a glorious place to spot over eighty varieties of birds.

Inside the walled garden are huge borders filled with shrubs, perennials and bulbs for year round colour. Wickham Place Farm is open to pre-booked groups of fifteen or more.
Friary Walled Garden is Maldon’s secret garden and it is guaranteed to surprise everyone who encounters it for the first time. This unexpected green oasis covers just one fifth of an acre and hides behind ancient red brick walls adjacent to the award winning Maldon library.

Through the wooden entrance door, you will find a lovingly restored garden with narrow footpaths and box hedges. It is believed that the site was cultivated as far back as the thirteenth century when it was occupied by a Carmelite monastery. Many of the plants found there today can be attributed more to the gardeners of the nineteenth century.

The present garden is cared for by the Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society and it has a formal Georgian layout overlaid by a wild cottage type garden. It’s a delightful little refuge from the hurly burly activities of the town centre and it is usually open on the first Sunday of every month.

OUTSIDE THE MALDON DISTRICT

RHS Hyde Hall is just beyond the borders of the Maldon District and has an eclectic mix of styles from traditional to modern. At the centre of the garden, you will find intensely cultivated planting schemes that slowly begin to soften and blend out into the surrounding landscape. Highlights include the Dry Garden with its fantastic range of drought resistant plants, and the Hilltop Garden with its roses and herbaceous borders.

Hyde Hall is an inspirational backdrop for many exhibitions, as well as a number of craft fairs and other events which are held during the year. A range of horticultural, photography and art workshops are also held to fuel your creativity and passion for gardening.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall is also home to the Clover Cafe, the Barn Restaurant, and the RHS Shop and Plant Centre, where you can pick up a great range of plants.

The National Garden Scheme has raised more than £45 million for nursing and caring charities since 1927. Their current target is for 80p of every £1 raised at gardens to be donated.

Many of the gardens listed on this page are included in the NGS Essex Gardens booklet. You can pick up this booklet at the Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centres and discover even more open gardens in Essex.

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Maldon
British Red Cross Open Gardens take place from March until October this year. Over two hundred gardens will be open in England and Wales, including some that have never been seen before by the public.

Keen gardeners share their passion, while helping people in crisis by supporting the British Red Cross. You can explore their gardens, and maybe get tea and cake as well. Some offer cream teas, coffee, light lunches, plant sales, treasure trails and more.
Roses at Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Maldon
Farleigh Hospice provides hospice care to people affected by life-limiting illnesses across mid-Essex. People across the community will open up their gardens in support of Farleigh Hospice, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy a wonderful day out.

Last year, Farleigh Hospice Open Gardens events raised nearly £24000 through people opening their own gardens or viewing them. With the continued support of local community members, Farleigh Hospice hopes that this year will be even more successful.