Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 2019
List of Gardens 2019
When visiting these gardens please take care. Beware uneven paths, steep (and in the wet, slippery) areas. Please be especially alert to the presence of water whether in ponds, in some gardens, the river. Please keep a very watchful eye on children.
1. Willowbrook, Benton End. (Margaret Laws).
A half acre garden with views over the Brett valley. A brook with wild flowers in its banks runs the length of the south boundary. Year round interest – shrubs, perennials, informal beds with mixed plantings. Be aware of water in the brook and also steep banks. Entry up front drive. Disabled access: difficult steep entrance drive; some hard standing around house. Parking at foot of drive is dangerous. Poor visibility.
2. 7 Cranworth Road. , P. (Dianne Spraggons)
A well-established garden flourishing with packed borders of perennials and shrubs, maintained to high standard for a number of years with many of the plants being nurtured from cuttings. Fruit trees and bushes, and a lovely magnolia tree at the entrance. There are a few raised beds with vegetables and fruit bushes, and a small wildlife garden full of insects and the occasional toad. There is a small step within the back gate but otherwise open and flat.
3. Fireside Cottage , 50 Benton Street. (Kay & Kevin Oxford)
A small established garden overlooking the Brett valley; created entirely by the present owner, and accessed down several flights of steps. Mixed borders that are wildlife and insect friendly containing various shrubs, bulbs, herbaceous and grasses. Access down side of house. Sleepers constitute some terracing and steps – beware can be slippery if wet. Disabled access not really practicable due to the steps.
4. Hardy House, 32 Benton Street. (Hilary and Roger Young).
The garden is only thirteen years old, designed by Hilary from scratch for low maintenance. Roger acted as the gofer and project manager. Entry, via Benton Street, offers wonderful views across the Brett. The garden is on three layers. Parterres at the top terrace, vine arch with “red” flower beds and partly lawn in the middle, a flint folly feature and garages below. An interesting assortment of trees, shrubs and sculptures. Steps that need careful negotiation make it unsuitable for wheelchairs below the top terrace.
5. 2 Benton Street (Annabel & John Hunt).
Established town garden. Central lawn surrounded by shrub/herbaceous borders, with similar lateral borders on each side and a lower level for herbaceous plants, roses and some vegetables. Silver leafed Pear, purple leafed Cherry, and ornamental Maple and two mixed borders on driveway outside, facing Cross Maltings. Entry from Cross Maltings. Disabled access from same point. Level patio within. Flank paths in garden are pea shingle as is the parking area below. The lawn is level but accessed either down two steps from the patio or from the flank paths.
6. Hadleigh War Memorial Garden. (The Royal British Legion, Hadleigh).
This garden has been long established and the British Legion recognise this, and plan to restore it progressively, refreshing it and rendering it a more formal space. This will take some time. 2018 was a key date, the centenary of the 1918 Armistice; so also will be 2021, the centenary of the official opening of the War Memorial.
7. Sidney Brown Court. R., WC.[including disabled]
Work started in 2018 on the new garden; prior to this there were only a few pots. Residents have chosen plants, which they then potted up, and also supervised the planting in the beds. Money has been raised for garden equipment and plants, and plant donations have been welcomed. A lovely donation was received from The Thrift Shop which has been used to purchase a pergola for shade. The grass area is a bit steep. There is a large patio area with shade, suitable for wheelchair access.
8. 15 Highlands Road (Helen and John Norman)
A fairly recently redesigned family garden packed with interest. Gardened very creatively with wildlife and nature in mind. Includes two wildlife ponds, a rockery and a small fruit and veg. patch. Mixed beds which include shrubs and herbaceous plants – in June watch out for climbing roses, hostas, foxgloves, peonies and alliums. In front there is a fine dry garden.
Access to the back garden is via steps and very narrow. Not easy for disabled. It might be possible to park on the street
9. 7 High Street (Jan & Brian Dicks)
A secluded walled garden divided into two distinct parts. The upper area has a lawn with cottage style herbaceous borders, herb bed, seating area, containers with annuals for summer colour and a well. The lower area includes a cutting garden and a small wild flower patch (with a tiny pond) planted with native species where it is pleasant to sit and watch the bees. Beware uneven paths and steps (especially from upper to lower levels).
Access: Down Toppesfield Close and turn left. Please follow signs. Disabled access fairly straightforward but for wheelchairs less so (steps between garden levels). Pea shingle at lower entrance should not be a problem.
10. 8 High Street (Frank Minns & Colin Platt)
A large enclosed garden which has undergone substantial change (not yet completed!) over the last four years. Paved courtyard garden, extensive mixed borders, newly built and planted formal garden across the centre, fruit and vegetable garden at the end. Large collection of old/David Austin roses, and a complete collection of all the known Cedric Morris Irises. Some small steps and uneven paths. Entry from High Street, through white door.
11. 15 High Street (Jo & Paul Hogger)
A large enclosed garden. Herbaceous border against a south facing wall, cutting borders, covered arbour, courtyard garden with pond and many pots. Entrance through large gate at side of house. Most of the garden is accessible to wheelchair users.
12. 16 High Street (Amanda Hunt)
Small gravelled courtyard garden, accessed via Old Fire Station Yard. Sceened to south by pleached hornbeams. Herbaceous and shrub plantings, and lots of well planted pots. Level site but gravel may cause some problems for wheelchair users.
13. Toppesfield Mill House R, W.C., Art Exhibn. P (Gale Pryor)– Sales by The Hadleigh Garden Club (who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
A fairly extensive garden (one acre approx.), the area under cultivation is constantly being extended each year. New for 2019 are a second wildlife pond with adjoining seating area, a winter bed and a prairie/grass bed. There are extensive lawns, an old established wisteria, climbing roses and clematis.There is also a fairly young orchard and a vegetable patch; also a swimming pool (fenced off) and a fairly large wildlife pond (NOT FENCED OFF – BEWARE). This garden is planned as organic and wildlife friendly. A small well established front garden. Entrance through double gates to right of the house. The site is level and should be accessible to wheelchairs but most of a visit will be over grassed areas. Note nearby medieval Toppesfield Bridge over the river.
14. Toppesfield Barn, Tinkers Lane (Kate and David White)
Established garden with mixed beds around a large lawn and edged by some small trees and shrubs. Beds include herbaceous planting and shrubs and a recent grass/prairie bed.
Mixed native hedge on one side, and red brick wall with views to the River Bret on the other side. Veg patch and two pear trees. Climbing roses. Lovely sunny patio with pots. Access is level with no obvious hazards ]
15. 6 Market Place (Ro Stickels)
Well established fully enclosed small town garden with good selection of shrubs and small trees, including an Olive, a very mature Wisteria, a prolific Crab Apple and some espalier fruit trees; plenty of other plants. Entrance from side walk – opposite Guildhall. Disabled access should not be a problem.
16. Deanery Tower. Tours up this listed medieval structure will take place during the day, at 30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, & 3.30pm. Cost £2 per head.
17. The Deanery Garden. WC (at base of tower). (The Dean)
As the Deanery Tower lends itself to Rapunzel, then the garden itself might be best seen in a fairy tale light at the moment. You will notice that despite having been left untended for a while the flowers and trees still thrive (sadly not the Rose Garden). The next part of the gardens journey is to be opened to the world more often and to be a space that might be used more by the community. Worth seeing are the amazing snowdrops in the spring, the Magnolia at Eastertide and the many trees at the end. BEWARE the River Brett at the far end. Entry is through the tower (where there is a toilet) and it is hoped that there will possibly be a brief tour of the famous reading room. See item 16 above (tours of the Deanery Tower).
18. 4 Church Street (Valerie & Simon Haines)
A well established walled town garden with quite an extensive lawned area surrounded by mixed borders with trees, shrubs and assorted herbaceous plants and bulbs, but including sundry fruit trees and some fine well grown trees including Magnolia Grandiflora and a Liriodendron (Tulip Tree). Entrance from Church Walk. The garden is basically all on one level but there are a few steps. However these should be avoidable by wheelchairs.
19. 5 Queen Street (Sian Dawson).
This Georgian courtyard garden was created in 1837, the year Queen Victoria came to the throne. It is south facing and overlooks St. Mary’s Church. It is a small traditional white town garden laid out as a brick terrace and planted with David Austin climbing roses, white Hydrangeas, and an assortment of pots. Access from Church Walk. Disabled access possible but narrow passage and one step.
20. Pound Lane, Church Walk (Hazel Bradshaw) [ART STUDIO –PART OF SUFFOLK OPEN STUDIOS ART TRAIL ‘ The HADLEIGH ARTLINE’, please see also Number 25. 9 Ann Beaumont Way]. Entrance off Church Walk, across a courtyard with two garages with green and black doors respectively; through a gap in the wall to a building with white double doors. Level access so no problem for disabled access.
21. Tring House, 130 High Street (Maude & John Parry-Williams).
Well established walled garden, South and north facing walls allow for very different plants, mainly perennials. There is also a west facing rockery. The soil is a light loam – good for Acers, Paeonies, Clematis and Roses and in the shade for Hellebores, Penstemons and Hydrangeas. Some interesting trees: Tulip, Strawberry, Medlar. Back garden has fruit trees, veg plants, and newly created wild garden. Access by side gate in High Street. Disabled access – initially difficult for wheelchairs (two steps up) and there is a gravel path but the lawn could also be used. BEWARE small pond.
22. 127 High Street (Ian Grutchfield & Matthew Hodges) [Sundry artwork for sale in passageway – proceeds to Hidden Gardens] Comprising two separate gardens – firstly a kitchen garden of Box and Lavender borders with Iris and Rose beds and a lawn dominated by an ancient Mulberry Tree. Secondly past a stove house through to a walled wild garden, an eclectic mix of fruit trees and a newly planted bank of flowering shrubs. Disabled access practicable but via a ramp into kitchen garden and a step down to rear garden
23. 1 Bridge Street. (Gill Surtees)
A walled garden with a calming Mediterranean quality about it with raised borders and mill stone water feature surrounding the seating areas. Gravelled paths with an abundance of colourful planted pots alongside nanny’s bird, butterfly and fairy garden with food and nesting boxes, plants to attract butterflies and bees and planted fairies to amuse the grandchildren. A little bit of everything with work still in progress. [“My escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, a little bit of magic and feel good factor, my gem”]
24. The Old Mill House, 13-15 Bridge Street. (Jeanette Mayes and Richard Sadd)
A walled garden newly constructed and landscaped. New trees planted in 2017 with the main planting completed in late 2018. Intensive planting to the left of the lawn with three semi-circles each planted differently. A path runs to the vegetable plot constructed using stone chippings, granite, sleepers and limestone tiles. Tucked away to the left of the cart lodge is a small hidden garden with an Italian theme. The planting in this area was inspired by Beth Chatto’s gravel garden.
Access is via Gates marked No.11; please note that this is a shared driveway and will lead you to 13-15 Bridge Street.
25. 9 Ann Beaumont Way (Charmaine and George Mckissock) [ART STUDIO – PART OF SUFFOLK OPEN STUDIOS ART TRAIL ‘The HADLEIGH ARTLINE’, please see also Number 20. Pound Lane, Church Walk] A quirky wildlife-friendly front garden – in recovery, a work in progress. Some new planting, some statuary/carvings. Overlooking fields and a charming country path linking many other gardens. In the back garden, there is an art studio with nature-themed work for you to enjoy or buy. Level access should not present a problem for disabled visitors. If there is a problem an alternative access can be opened at the back of the property on request.
26. 59 Castle Road. R. WC. (Heather & Clive Hobbs).
Garden on the edge of town backing onto farmland. Created over the last nine years and still being developed. Shrubs, perennials, small trees and mixed planting, along with some David Austin roses. Access to the left of the house – several steps up to the circular lawn, passing a new water feature. A path curves around the lawn to the summer house, then through a pergola leading to the raised bed kitchen garden, which includes a wild flower bed and a small greenhouse. Not really suitable for wheelchairs.
27. 33 George Street (Nicola Thornton)
Entrance leads to a step up to a lovely brick terrace and another step leads to the rest of the garden which is well established with a large Walnut Tree in the corner. The previous owners updated the garden over the years. The present owner contemplates enhancing what is there with a more cottage style over the next few years. So - a work in progress.
Accessed by a side entrance; disabled should be able to get around although wheel chair access may be limited by narrow side passage and a brick step.
28. St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 135 Angel Street. R, W.C., P.
The grounds surrounding the 1960’s designed hall and church including an inner ‘white themed’ courtyard garden were redesigned with new borders created and planted in 2016/7 to provide year-round interest and soften the hard lines of the building. It is lovingly cared for by volunteers from the parish and the planting, including ornamental grasses, shrubs and perennials, have been chosen with low maintenance in mind.
Entry through main gates on Long Bessels. Disabled access is good – ask for assistance through to courtyard garden.
29. Gable End, 99 Angel Street (Stephen Stanley-Little)
Sunny open courtyard garden with brick patio, gravel and Mediterranean-style pots, Roses and shrubs. Easy maintenance. Entrance through courtyard of number 101 Angel Street.
30. 1 Oakleigh Cottages, Angel Street (Brian Scott)
A courtyard garden fairly recently acquired by the present owner; paved and with assorted shrubs and climbers around the perimeter; also several small beds, a quantity of potted plants and a few ornamental garden figures. Access from Angel Street; disabled access should not be a problem.
31. 115 Angel Street (Tony Dewhurst)
A walled sunny courtyard garden. Designed to be lush, colourful and interesting and make maximum use of the space. Contains climbers, tree ferns, a mature olive, bamboo, a wide range of perennials and grasses, a fountain, a wall sculpture, baskets and pots. Entry through side gate on Angel Street with two steps.
32. Morningside, 87 Aldham Road (Jessica & Andrew Janas)
Crescent shaped front garden with small shrub border, established Wisteria, and magnificent Eucalyptus tree. Small side plot with Magnolia Stellata, Ceanothus, Acers and back filled original 1925 well. Good sized rear lawned garden (rather more practical than beautiful!!) with decking, small pond, shrub/mixed borders, large Rosemary Bush, and potted herbs, Apple Tree, and very large Willow. Recently created vegetable plots and raised fruit beds, double compost and leaf hold areas. Note: various steps and narrow paths; not really suitable for wheelchairs. Access from Boswell Lane.
33. 20 The Green. (Rosemary and Sid Cleaver)
Small south-west facing garden developed fairly recently; divided into several areas: circular brick edged lawn, flanked by herbaceous borders, patio, trellises, and climbing plants; stone garden and vegetable plot with walled borders to front.
Access (and disabled access) from top of George Street adjacent to number 157. Most of garden accessible to disabled. Drive is gravelled. The site is level.
34. 29 Canterbury Gardens (Kerry Rich)
Small intensively cultivated garden created by present owner. Weeds beware! Central lawn surrounded by borders containing shrubs, perennials and with some potted plants and ornamental carvings. Raised decking at the far end for evening sun; the same outside the back of the house for morning sun. Dogs on a lead welcome. Entrance via gate to the right of the house. Narrow alley within. BEWARE projecting pots/plant supports on right hand side. Disabled access feasible but hump in ground by entry gate. Steps up to lawn and see note above concerning entrance alley.
35. Tudor Croft, Ipswich Road (Mary & Roly Pipe)
An acre garden and wild flower space planted alongside the A1071, ample parking on driveways & in layby heading towards Hadleigh enabling a visit to both areas which are suitable for disabled access.
Wild flower garden created on roadside verge, covering 100 square meters of public space, planted with hardy annuals comprising Californian Poppy, Cornflower, English Marigold,, Cosmos, and Sunbow Zinnia. Advice available as a guide to creating a floral space as a public amenity. Along driveway next to front lawn and cherry trees to access large rear garden: including pond stocked with ornamental fish including Koi & Golden Orfe, recreational lawn, a wildlife pond, Fantasia blackberries and mixed fruit orchard. Outbuildings, being greenhouse with bespoke staging, sheds & UPVC Summer House; finally beehives and views over the countryside.