Chatto garden essex

Construction of the Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 as a garden attached to the Chatto family home on land that had previously belonged to the Chatto family fruit farm.It had not been farmed as the soil was considered too dry in places, too wet in others and the whole area had been allowed to grow wild with blackthorn, willow and brambles.Faced with all kinds of difficult conditions Beth and Andrew Chatto set out to find homes for many of the plants they wished to grow.With dry and damp soil in both sun and shade, they were able put into practice the underlying principles of what is now referred to as "Ecological gardening".She has lectured throughout the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Germany.Her gardening and writing use the principle of the right plant for the right place, developed from her husband Andrew Chatto's lifelong research into the origin of garden plants.The former car park has been made into a beautiful gravel garden which could inspire a number of gardeners to do without lawns.

Today Beth Chatto, 93, still lives in the white house in the midst of the a British plantswoman, garden designer and author best known for creating the Beth Chatto Gardens near Elmstead Market in the English county of Essex.She is also known for writing several books on gardening for specific conditions.The reservoir garden, built on debris from the neighbouring farmer’s lake and now looking rather Eighties, is due for a facelift and will become a living catalogue for many of the new plants grown in the nursery.Only the scree garden, near the house and packed full of favourite sedums, sempervivums and alpines, is a disappointment.

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