I was very lucky (and I do realise how lucky I am) to receive an invite to a day at Beth Chatto's Gardens. This was an opportunity I was not going to miss. It is a bit of a schlep to Chelmsford from where I live, but also not too much of a schlep.
We were joined on the tour by Beth Chatto's granddaughter, Julia Boulton, who is the Chair of the gardens and several others of the team including Jo Waters the Managing Director, Asa Gregars Warg the head gardener and Marc McHearne the Plants Production Senior.
We also learned about the strong community focus that the Gardens has. There is the Beth Chatto Education Trust that puts on short courses and workshops and also works with schools. The gardens also have a relationship with a housing development just down the road from them. The development is called 'Chattowood' and Beth Chatto gardens have provided advice and planting for the homes. As you would expect there is a strong theme of sustainability and ecology in the planting.
It was such a great day. I am very grateful to Julia and the team for showing us around. We learned alot about the how the gardens and the nursery works. The journey there was definitely worth it.