Creating gardens has been a major British pastime for generations. Many of our best gardens are internationally famous and attract thousands of visitors each year.

Essex has its own rich and varied legacy of gardens great and small, which include work by many of the renowned names in gardening: the Tradescants, Bridgeman, Lord Petre, Capability Brown, Woods, Repton, Nesfield, Peto and Gibberd.

The Essex Gardens Trust was formed in 1996 with the aims of:

  • Research Researching and recording historic gardens.
  • Newsletter  Stimulating interest in gardens of all periods and styles and generating enthusiasm for their care.
  • Education  To work with schools aiming to foster in children an early appreciation of gardens.
  • Events To provide throughout the year a varied programme of lectures and visits.

The Trust is affiliated to The Gardens Trust, a national organisation representing 34 County Garden Trusts actively engaged in conserving, researching, documenting and caring for our heritage of parks, gardens and designed landscapes, both private and public.  Click here for a copy of the  the TGT newsletter

Please browse though the web site to find out more about the Essex Gardens Trust and how to join! We hope to be able to meet you at a forthcoming event soon.

Upcoming events

Saturday 3 December 2016 at 2.30pm

Lecture to be given by Ailsa Wildig: Plant Hunters - driven by nurserymen or the allure of the wild?
This talk will explore the history of plant hunting, particularly in the Himalayas. It will look at the links between the nurserymen who sponsored plant hunters and focus on the work of Ernest Wilson and George Forrest.

Venue: Main Building, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 3RR
Members £5.00, guests/non-members £7.50. Refreshments and festive fayre after the lecture are included.

Saturday 28 January 2017 at 2.30pm

Lecture to be given by Twigs Way: Mistress Tuggie's Delights - A brief history of early nurseries.          The development of plant nurseries from the 16th to the mid 18th century, including some of the tree nurseries that enabled 'Capability' Brown to transform our landscapes.

Venue: Main Building, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 3RR
Members £5.00, guests/non-members £7.50 including tea & coffee


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