Gardens Open 2022

List of Gardens 2021

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 or in some gardens the river. Please keep a very watchful eye on children.

1.   4 Gallows Hill   (Jenny Hunter)

A secluded courtyard / multi roomed garden designed four years ago - consisting of a loosely planted front garden with a section of young fruit trees, a small gravelled garden, mixed herbaceous borders with some mature shrubs surrounding attractive hard landscaping with a round lawn and raised vegetable beds leading on to a garden room. Access through the arch to the right of the house. The garden is flat but only accessible across the gravelled front

2.   24 Ann Beaumont Way   (Trevor & Marion Leach)

The garden has 3 separate spaces; a vegetable and cutting garden, an enclosed  Patio with shrubs, flowers and a formal pond, and an open plan garden, which is mostly grass with fruit trees, a wild area and flowers planted  to give seasonal highlights. In the garage there will be a small exhibition of work by the Textile Group, Beyond Stitch.

3.   The Old Mill House,13-15 Bridge St  (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 11 please note that this is a shared driveway and will lead to 13 -15 Bridge St.

OFFERING Toilet Facility.


4.   The Old School, 5 Bridge Street   (Matthew Hodges)

Enter via large door on Bridge Street, 2 steps from pavement, then cross the Hall - feel free to pause to view art in the gallery.

Walled garden with lawn, large twisting Bramley Apple Tree has bird nests in trunk.  Climbing roses and mixed borders.  Beyond the tall pine tree is a gateway to a second wild garden, with fruit trees and raised bank of shrubs.

5.  4 Bridge Street    (Chris & Jane Clark)

We have a south facing house with a front courtyard style garden leading to a more traditional lawn, patio and cottage garden with the decking overlooking the river Brett.  Both have stone pathways with steps down to the lower garden making it difficult for wheelchair access.


6.   Tring House, 130 High Street    (Maude & John Parry-Williams)

An 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. Not sure what it will be like in September! Hopefully still colourful with clematis, roses, nerines, penstemons, etc. in the sun, and astrantias, aceas, echinops, acers and hydrangeas in the shade.  Some interesting trees -Tulip, Maple and Medlar.  Back garden has fruit trees, veggie patch and recently created wild garden.  Access by side gate in the High Street.  Disabled access - initially difficult for wheelchairs (two steps up) and there is a gravel path but the lawn could also be used.


7.   Tye House, 95 High Street    (Carol & Christopher Pertwee)

The objective over the past few years has been to plant shrubs and flowers that will give colour and interest throughout the year.  Access is from the rear from via a service road off Pound Lane.  Disabled access is good as the site is level.


8.   18 Manor Gardens    (Sid & Rosemary Cleaver)

Small walled courtyard garden on a new development which has recently been landscaped and planted to include a large patio, brick paving, shingle area with box hedging, artificial grass lawn and trellis screening. Three raised beds with shrubs, climbing plants and perennials, with the fourth being a vegetable garden, together with five trees including fan and espalier fruit and olive trees.  Wall décor, hanging baskets and potted plants, some with roses and succulents.

9.   14 Manor Gardens    (Allan & Jo Ellis)

A southwest facing garden on a new development. We arrived in November 2020 to find the garden had been turfed. The garden required planning to be easy maintenance, due to the age of the occupants.  So, with help from Ken McGee, there is now a larger paved area and three raised beds for Roses and Bedding plants (very Municipal!). There is also an array of pots with fruit trees, an ornamental tree which has survived two major frosts and a house move, and our Tumbling Toms.  Eventually we will overlook a wildflower meadow leading down to the River Brett. The garden is fully accessible.


10.   4 Church Street    (Val & Simon Haines)

An 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). This garden used to form part of the old Co-op hall and then the bricks were used by plantsman Lewis Hart to display his rare plants. The garden still contains some unusual varieties of common plants.  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.


11.   4 Church Walk    (Scott & Gemma Reynolds)

A small, north-facing garden which is nestled in the centre of Hadleigh. As you enter the garden, box hedging frames the immediate flowerbeds, and further borders contain a range of scented roses and shrubs. A central bed is planted with bee-loving plants which surround a scented rose bush. The remaining lawn contains two standard roses and a large climber over an iron archway. Entry at the rear with two small steps. Disabled access difficult.

12.   The Deanery Gardens    (Jo & Mary Lou Delfgou)

Hidden behind the fairy tale tower lies a garden that struggles to be kept neat and ordered. Come and see the herb garden, the small forest of old and unusual trees, nettles and hidden wildlife that stretches to the river. Peaceful and filled with birdsong and you might even be blessed with an appearance of the Deanery Cat (well, one of them).

Entry is via a small gate in the corner of the church yard.  Hazards: A river; nettles; some stone steps; getting lost -
WC: in base of the Tower or at the Church opposite. Dogs welcome but might get eaten.

13.   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, and some espalier fruit trees; plenty of other plants. Entrance from side walk – opposite Guildhall. Disabled access should not be a problem.


14.   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.


15.   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  roses, climbers, tree ferns, a mature olive, bamboo, a wide colourful range of perennials and grasses, pots,  fountain, wall sculptures, and annual baskets.  Entry through side gate on Angel Street with two steps.


16.   87 Aldham Road    (Jessica & Andrew Janas)

Crecent shaped from garden with small shrub border, established wisteria and magnificent eualyptus tree.  Small side plot with Magnolia Stellata, Ceanothus, Acers and bcked filled original 1925 weil.  Good sized rear lawned garden (rather more practical thatn 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 mould areas.  NOTE various steps and narrow paths make it not really suitable for wheelchairs.  Acccess is from Boswell Lane.


17.   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, each being suitable for disabled access.  Wild flower garden created on roadside verge, covering 100 square metres of public space, planted with hardy annuals comprising Californian Poppy, Cornflower, English Marigold, Cosmos, Sunbow Zinnia & Sunflowers, the latter in tall & dwarf forms. Advice available as a guide to creating a similar floral space as a public amenity.  Along driveway next to front lawn and cherry trees to access large rear garden: pond stocked with ornamental fish including golden orfe, swimming pool, recreational lawn laid for croquet, pétanque, archery and other activities; Fantasia blackberries, large wildlife pond stocked with goldfish & coarse fish, vegetable plot and mixed fruit orchard. Outbuildings, being greenhouses with bespoke staging, sheds & UPVC summer house; beehives and views over ploughed farmland.   Garden also features some unusual decorative paving and unique functional steelwork.

18.   Hadleigh Community Gardens    (Jane Snowden)

Comprising of the Cedric Morris Garden and the Market Place - to the south of Victoria House. The legacy from the Festival of Gardening and Art in 2017 resulted in the creation of the Cedric Morris Gardens in Magdalen Road. Planting had to take into consideration low maintenance for the small team of volunteer gardeners.  a range of herbs created the undulating spread of the borders with the addition of cottage garden favourites. The wild flower meadow is a reminder that Cedric Morris enjoyed propagating from the wild. It changes slightly form year to year as a result of one type of plant predominating.

The legacy also enabled the addition of slate signs, marking and acknowledging Cedric Morris and the Community Gardeners. Railings were added as an extra protection and to provide the opportunity for climbing plants. Two beds are dedicated to Cedric’s irises with the provision of an interpretation board. Already in place, but enhancing the area, are trees, including ancient species such as the Ginkgo, Swamp Cypress and the glorious rich green in summer of the large Honey Locust in the middle of the wild flower meadow.

The long border on the Market Place is planted with a wide variety of shrubs and plants.  The circular bed within the Market Place benches has spring bulbs and long flowering geraniums making a focal point for those who rest or those meeting up for a coffee on market day.


19.   153 George Street    (Kaye Knowles)

This is a pretty garden in the courtyard style with direct access from the road or the driveway and is all on one level. This is a newly laid out garden with the lawn being removed at the end of last year and paving laid and flowerbeds added, including 2 water features and a newly planted Pagoda. There is some mature planting which was not removed and the new planting is cottage style and includes an established Magnolia.


20.   Tymar, Magdalen Road    (Jo Parker)

The garden is of a modern style, the hard landscaping completed before the renovation of the house. The garden is approached down what  was originally the driveway at the side of the house. The main garden is on 2 levels. The uppermost,  a patio with a water feature and the lower is grassed and has a summer house. Some of the planting is still a work in progress. OFFERING  Toilet is available.


21.   The Curve, Magdalen Road    (Margaret & Patrick Palmer)

This 2 year old oasis of a town garden may be of minimal proportions but it’s creatively and expertly packed with plants by plant obsessives who are doing grand things in a small space.  You will find a great variety of plants here, including some unusual ones, planted for year round interest and the different conditions that this plot offers. Access through the small gate.  Pathways around the garden are narrow in places and on various levels so not suitable for wheelchair access.  Dogs on leads welcome.

22.   15 Highlands Road    (Helen & John Norman)

 (2021 Photographic Competition - Summer Runner Up)

A thoughtfully 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 front there is a fine example of a 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.


23.   11 Station Road    (Stella & John Scanlon)

A well-established garden with “garden rooms” surrounding the property. Since we last opened the acers have been removed from the raised beds and new planting was introduced this spring. The acers had got very big and were blocking the view from our sunroom. Can you recognise which plants are represented in the rust stakes?


24.   Pettimoor 9b Station Road    (Mark Butler)

Fifth of an acre largely surrounded by mature hedging. Fruit trees, lawn, and mixed planting to front. Rear garden is accessed by side path with deck, mature mixed planting, ornamental pond, pergola and patio. Steps may limit disabled access.


25.   1 The Granary    (Emma & Russell Barrett)

A small L shaped garden on three levels that gets a lot of afternoon sun.  A variety of pink, blue and white plants in pots.  There is also a mature vine, an ornamental cherry and hibiscus shrub.


26.   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.


27.   Hadleigh War Memorial Garden    (Will be open but unmanned)

Hadleigh War Memorial and garden was created in the aftermath of the Great War.  Paid for through public subscription, it was officially opened on 19th June 1921.  The space is now owned by the Town Council, but it is mainly looked after by local Royal British Legion volunteers and friends.  In recent years new yew trees have been planted; benches installed and a story board added.


28.   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.


29.   Hardy House, 32 Benton Street    (Hilary & 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 party 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.


30.   Toppesfield Mill House, Tinkers Lane    (Gale Pryor)

A fairly extensive organic garden developed with wildlife in mind, in fact it’s getting wilder every year as the owner questions “who is this space really for?”

Half the garden is more traditional with both new and established mixed beds, each with a slightly different style, vegetable patch and also a swimming pool (fenced off) and a small wildlife pond. The rest of the garden is more relaxed and  includes a fairly young orchard/ wildlife meadow and a large wildlife pond (NOT FENCED OFF – BEWARE).   A small established front garden.  Entrance through double gates to right of the house. The site is level and should be accessible to wheelchairs. OFFERING  Teas, Toilet Facilities and Plant Sales.


31.   Cross Maltings Folly, Tinkers Lane    (Graham & Lindsey Panton)

Having been a stable and workshop for 175 years, the Folly become home in 2018.  Plants that are dry shade tolerant are planted in the gravel garden under the oak trees.  The modern extension followed, formed around a private courtyard packed with exuberant colour.  The outer garden, stretching down to the River Brett is planted as an orchard with an attractive, colourful crop of wild flowers.  Access via gate by the footbridge in Tinkers Lane.


32.   Toppesfield Barn, Tinkers Lane    (Kate & 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 Brett on the other side. Veg patch and two pear trees. Climbing roses. Lovely sunny patio with pots. Note nearby medieval Toppesfield Bridge over the river.  Access is level with no obvious hazards.


33.   16 Raven Way    (John & Liz Turnbull)

 (Winner of the 2020 Photographic Competition)

A medium-sized garden laid mainly to lawn with lovely views over fields and meadows. Two mixed borders with perennials, roses and small trees. A patio area with ornamental pots of annuals, herbs and vegetables. A pergola and arches with climbers. A gravel seating area with a greenhouse and a water feature. Raised beds against the South aspect of the house provide a small vegetable patch. The front garden has recently been replanted with perennials designed to attract pollinators.


34.   18 Raven Way    (Angela & David Wild)

(2021 Photographic Competition - Spring Runner Up)

This garden has undergone complete renovation both for hard landscaping, the pond area and beds and borders within the last 18 months.  All trees retained including a magnolia, robinia pseudo acacia and very old acer, together with many shrubs and herbaceous plants.  A new rockery, and a rock waterfall at one end of the pond.  The pond is 5m long and 2m wide, with a depth of 1m, and care should be taken by all visitors.  A new greenhouse and small vegetable beds have been added, together with a wooded fern area.  Lots of seating areas are available. Wheelchair access from a gravel drive to the main patio giving garden views, and a one brick depth step leads onto the flat lawned area where three-quarters of the garden can be accessed easily, including the greenhouse.


35.   7 Priory Meadows    (Sarah & John Hawker)

This is a newly established garden in the space previously occupied by Hadleigh Building Supplies.  It was landscaped just before lockdown last year and has since been planted up.  Mainly shrubs, roses and perennials that are personal favourites and provide colour from Spring until late in the year. The garden is wheelchair friendly, and there is a small water feature in the middle of the lawn.