Open Gardens: Ardleigh Gardens at Colchester
Three lovely, large country gardens set in the beautiful setting of nearby Constable country of north east Essex. Refreshments, and parking in paddock at Mayfield Farm. Mayfield Farm a 3 acre garden which only a few years ago was largely a field with a huge glass house and poly tunnels. Now planted with long borders, a secret garden and yew hedging for topiary. Over 200,000 bulbs have been planted in the last 4 years to create a wonderful spring display. Shepherds Hut and new potting shed. Charity Farm is a 4½ acre garden created from an open and empty site since 2001. Woodland walks and 2 avenues of trees create vistas. A large lake surrounded with natural planting and contains lots of pool frogs which sing loudly in early summer.