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!

The 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. Check out the open days at Beeleigh Abbey Gardens.
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.
On entering the drive, the hidden secrets of this highly praised, peaceful garden will surprise and delight. At Elwy Lodge, there are flowing lawns, herbaceous borders, unusual plants, trees, a wildlife pond and a small meadow area.

There is also a secluded chamomile-scented lower garden with raised vegetable beds and fruit trees leading to a delightful summer house with amazing views over the countryside towards the Blackwater Estuary.

Check out the open days at Elwy Lodge, where there will be homemade teas, as well as seasonal and special homemade cakes which are not to be missed. Visits can also be made by arrangement from May to July.
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.

MORE GARDENS

Havendell in Tolleshunt Major is a new addition to the open gardens this year. The garden has been designed around existing shrubs and trees over the last six years. Wildlife and nature walk hand in hand to create a peaceful atmosphere at Havendell, so allow your mind to wander as you journey from one section to the next.
Keeway in Creeksea is a large, mature country garden with stunning views over the River Crouch. Formal terraces surround the house with steps leading to sweeping lawns, mixed borders packed full of bulbs and early perennials, a formal rose and herb garden. Further afield, there are paddocks and a lake.
60 Colchester Road in Great Totham is a keen plantwoman's garden of 3/4 acre, with large colour-themed border that are planted for a long season of interest with many unusual species, particularly perennials. The rock garden is full of spring and autumn bulbs and alpines and there is also a small vegetable garden.
Ulting Wick Gardens in the Maldon District
Tulips at Ulting Wick Gardens in the Maldon District
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens in Maldon
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.

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

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

VILLAGE OPEN DAYS

Tollesbury Open Gardens will be held on Saturday 17th June and Sunday 18th June. Many gardens will be open over the weekend, from small courtyard gardens to larger ones, from community gardens to those not yet seen by the public.

Most gardens are within walking distance of the village centre. Many gardens will be serving refreshments and the Lighthouse Coffee Shop will also be open all day for drinks and snacks.
Tolleshunt Major Open Gardens will be held on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. You can be sure of a warm welcome and the beautiful gardens come in a range of sizes, from large to medium and to smaller sized gardens.

Teas, coffees and cakes will be available, so plan your day accordingly and support a worthy local charity. You can also have lunch or a pint in the Bell pub to make a great day.
Great Totham Open Gardens will be held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June. There will be approximately fifteen gardens of widely differing styles which you can visit over the weekend, these numbers may vary on the day.

The gardens are within a mile from the Great Totham Village Hall, which is within walking distance. Refreshments and light lunches will be available. Parking will also be available at the village hall.
Little Totham Open Gardens and Flower Festival will be held on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. Eight villagers in Little Totham will be opening up their gardens and the parish church will be awash with colours with a rainbow in bloom.

Tickets and maps available over the weekend from All Saints Church. Admire the flowers, enjoy a light lunch or coffee, browse the book stalls and cake stalls and have a go on the tombola.
The British Red Cross Open Gardens takes 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.
Mapledean Farm is a lovely country garden set in 1.5 acres. Developed over the last few years, it features ponds, rose gardens, herbaceous borders and a collection of over 50 dahlias.
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.
At Mill End, discover up to six very individual gardens which are all within easy walking distance of each other. The gardens include shrub, flower and vegetable beds, as well as lakes & woodland.

OPEN GARDEN DAYS

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Days

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Fri 7 Jul 2017

Three acres of secluded gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. Last admission is 3.30pm.

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Elwy Lodge, West Bowers Road, Woodham Walter, Essex, CM9 6RZ

Sun 16 Jul 2017

At Elwy Lodge, there are flowing lawns, herbaceous borders, unusual plants, trees, a wildlife pond and a small meadow area. Admission £4.50, children free. Visits can also be made by arrangement from May to July.

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Days

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Three acres of secluded gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. Last admission is 3.30pm.

Open Gardens

Havendell, Beckingham Street, Tolleshunt Major, Maldon, CM9 8LQ

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Havendell is a new addition to the open gardens this year, and it has been designed around existing shrubs & trees over the last six years. Wildlife and nature walk hand in hand to create a peaceful atmosphere. Admission £4, children free.

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Days

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Three acres of secluded gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. Last admission is 3.30pm.

Open Gardens

60 Colchester Road, Great Totham, Maldon, CM9 8DG

Sun 30 Jul 2017

This open garden is 3/4 acre with large colour-themed borders, situated in both sun & shade. Borders are planted for a long season of interest with many unusual species. Admission £4, children go free. Light refreshments available.

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Days

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Fri 11 Aug 2017

Three acres of secluded gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. Last admission is 3.30pm.

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Mapledean Farm, Mapledean Chase, Maldon Road, Latchingdon, Essex, CM3 6LG

Sun 20 Aug 2017

Mapledean Farm is a lovely, well-maintained country garden set in 1.5 acres. It has been developed over the last few years and features ponds, rose gardens, herbaceous borders and a collection of over fifty dahlias.

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Days

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Fri 25 Aug 2017

Three acres of secluded gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. Last admission is 3.30pm.

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Days

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Fri 8 Sep 2017

Three acres of secluded gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. Last admission is 3.30pm.

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Ulting Wick Gardens, Ulting Wick, Ulting, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QX

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Ulting Wick is centred around three listed black barns & a 17th century farmhouse which provide the backdrop for exuberant planting in eight acres. Visits can be made by arrangement from March to October (15+). Admission £5, children free.

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Ulting Wick Gardens, Ulting Wick, Ulting, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QX

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Ulting Wick is centred around three listed black barns & a 17th century farmhouse which provide the backdrop for exuberant planting in eight acres. Visits can be made by arrangement from March to October (15+). Admission £5, children free.