A little while ago Neil and I took a day out to the RHS Hyde Hall Garden. Hidden away in the Essex country side this delightful garden full of wonderful plants and stunning views offers some wonderful walks and some slight educational information to boot.
A F L O R A L H I S T O R Y
Hyde Hall boasts a wide selection of stunning flowers and plants which if you are like me and struggle with hayfever, will take your breath away. Starting life as a small farm, was bought in 1955 by Dick and Helen Robinson who kindly donated their humble 24 acre land to the RHS in 1993. Hyde Hall Garden started to take life and grow into a further 364 acres of garden, farm land, restaurants and ponds. Which considering it started life a small farm is incredible.
Thanks to the Royal Horticultural Society and a trust which was set up in the 1970’s and once the ownership had past hands over to RHS their work had began. Setting up large ponds for wildlife and creating the clever walkways which allow the visitors to walk around and enjoy the area. Hyde Hall Garden is definitely something you should take the time to visit. With it being 30 minutes from North London its perfect for taking time away from the busy world.
The wonderful gardeners of Hyde Hall have taken the time over the years to add new features, plants and places to eat. While I adore beautiful flowers what I found pretty impressive was their Dry Garden which is home to multiple plants which do not need that much water to live. As not much of an avid gardener I had no idea the sheer volume of plants.
On top of their Dry Garden they have also created some future projects too, one of which I want to see once they are properly set up and that is the beautiful cherry blossom trees. These trees produce beautiful pink petals that once its time for them to fall, they create almost pink snow. I am sure you’ve probably seem them all over social media from Japan. A stunning feature I cannot wait to enjoy.
L U N C H T I M E
Having arrived late in the day, Both Neil and I felt the usual pangs of hunger so we found somewhere to stop for lunch at the Thatched Barn for some afternoon tea. Of course the prices weren’t cheap but personally I felt that having something to eat at this place was better than the restaurant that was at the opening of Hyde Hall Garden. Neil had the full Afternoon Tea which looked amazing and I had a simple sausage roll with chutney which was delicious.
Given that the day was a warm one, it was lovely to be able to sit inside and enjoy a nice little lunch date together without the sun bothering us. However we did enjoy playing Pokemon Go while waiting for our food to come to the table.
I wouldn’t say the food was the best I have had, Neil however enjoyed his and shared his macaroons with me which were delightful and the first time I have had them.
G R E E N H O U S E O F G O O D I E S
Once lunch was done it was time to continue to explore the rest of what Hyde Hall had to offer, walking around this large pond full of wonderful fish that just wanted us to feed them and covered in stunning dragonfly we discovered lots of hidden areas. After a short walk I think we found my favorite place of the whole garden, the greenhouse!
It was full of tomatoes, melons, chili peppers and other yummy things. Around the greenhouse there was many in ground and above ground planters full of different types of food, ranging from potatoes to maize. This is where the educational bit came into play. there was plenty of signs which shared lots of information about the plant itself and the reasons for planting. Beetroot and overgrown asparagus, which I had no idea grew like that, and the best of all, all the different scents of mint.
I genuinely loved this little area. Both Neil and I was interested to find out if any of the produce that was grown in this garden had ended up in the little farm shop (Having recently watched Clarksons Farm) and hoped that due to the sheer amount of honeybees we saw to, hoped to find some extremely local honey too.
From there we walked down to the large lake which had so many wonderful birds on them, I collected some goose feathers for Robin and then walked up towards the winter garden which housed lots of plants that sat dormant during the summer.
Once we finished our walk around we headed to the shop hoping to find some goodies to take home, however finding out that everything in the shop was outsourced and there wasn’t any local produce at all. it felt like a typical garden centre shop and not much like a lovely farm shop at all. In fact the honey unfortunately came from Hungary! You would think with the sheer amount of honeybees on the flowers they would at least have some local honey in their stores.
However this was the only disappointment of the day, All in all it was a wonderful little day out and a great way to stretch those legs and take photographs of some beautiful flowers and plants. I highly recommend you check out RHS gardens and particularly Hyde Hall. I would love to return at different parts of the year to see it all change and what they have on offer.
You can check out their events page to see whats on to plan a visit.
Have you ever visited a RHS garden? what one did you go visit?