Gardens Open 2022

List of Gardens 2022

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. Tudor Croft, Ipswich Road (Mary & Roly Pipe)

An acre garden and wild flower space planted alongside the A1071.  The latter covers 100 square metres of public space, planted with hardy annuals such as Californian poppies, cornflowers, English marigolds, cosmos, sunbow zinnias and sunflowers in tall and dwarf forms.  Advice is available on creating a similar floral space as a public amenity.  Along driveway next to front lawn and cherry trees is access to a  large rear garden.  Here you will find a pond stocked with ornamental fish including golden orfe.  There is also a swimming pool, recreational lawn laid for croquet, pétanque, archery and other activities.  You will also spot ‘fantasia’ blackberries, a large wildlife pond stocked with goldfish and coarse fish, a vegetable plot and mixed fruit orchard. Outbuildings, including greenhouses with bespoke staging, sheds and  summer house; and beehives. There are views over ploughed farmland. The garden also features some unusual decorative paving and unique functional steelwork.                                                             

There is ample parking on driveways and in layby heading towards Hadleigh enabling a visit to both areas. All areas suitable for wheelchair users.


2. Waterfield House Care Home, Waterfield House, Grays Close, Hadleigh IP7 6AG.

Enter the car park to the right of the building and you’ll see a pathway leading you around to our rockery garden on the left and then the wildlife gardens around the pathway to the right.  There are many lovely things to see on your way round to the main garden including raised rose and herb beds with a seating area.  As you are walking around you’ll see artwork the residents and staff did.  Coming into the main garden there are many borders with different types of plants in two big raised beds which our wonderful residents planted and a big seating area outside the cafe where we will be providing refreshments for a donation.

Enter from the car park to the right of the building.

Accessible for wheelchair/pram users. WC and cafe serving refreshments (inside house). Please wear a mask (provided) and use sanitizer before entering.


3. 3 Place Farm Close, Lady Lane IP7 6AX (Georgie Hawkes & Daniel Wright)

A medium-sized family garden which is in its second year’s progress of being developed with mixed beds, primarily of jungle/tropical planting and large leafed specimens, interplanted with annuals and colourful foliage and flowers.

Separate area given over to growing edibles and a flower cutting garden. All planting/maintenance is 100% organic and sustainable/recycled where possible. The garden features its own central bandstand! There will be live music for visitors at 11am,1pm, 3pm and 5pm. The front roadside bank is also being developed and plans are underway for a wildlife area and pond to the front of the house.

One small step for access. Please park considerately - we are opposite Delf Close.  There is limited parking on the drive which will be reserved for people with limited mobility. Plants will be offered for sale. Live music at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.


4. 115 Angel Street (Tony Dewhurst)

A walled, sunny courtyard garden designed to be lush, colourful and interesting and to make maximum use of the space. Roses and other climbers cover the walls and provide a backdrop for tree ferns, a mature olive, a wide range of perennials, grasses, annual geraniums, and a fountain and wall sculptures.                                                       

Entry through side gate on Angel Street with two steps.


5. Gable End, 99 Angel Street (Stephen Stanley-Little)

A delightful, small urban courtyard garden, laid to gravel with numerous pots of small herbaceous species. The garden is private and secluded, with a patio table surrounded by cherry, birch and magnolia with shrubs, honeysuckle and blackberry bushes.  Dominating the garden is a terra cotta Chinese warrior and a tall crucifixion.

Entrance through courtyard of number 101 Angel Street.


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

An established walled garden with south and north facing walls allowing for very different plants, mainly perennials.  There is also a west facing rockery.  The soil is a light loam and examples of plants include clematis, penstemon and roses in the sun, and astrantia, echinops, acers and hydrangeas in the shade.  Some interesting trees to look out for are the tulip tree, maple and medlar.  The back garden has fruit trees, a veggie patch and recently created wild garden.                                   

Access by side gate in the High Street. Access initially difficult for wheelchair users (two steps up) and there is a gravel path but the lawn could be used.


7. 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 areas have stone pathways with steps down to the lower garden making it difficult for wheelchair users.

8. 1 Bridge Street (Gill Surtees)

This is a west facing walled garden with a distinctly Mediterranean feel.  It has a raised lawn to the side and a summer house.  There are many containers, climbers and acers as well as two tree ferns.  There is a pergola and garden ornaments are dotted around.

Access is through a gate set in a wicket fence. There is a pebbled drive and gravel path and therefore may pose difficulties for wheelchair users and there is a step up to the lawn. There is a dog that barks but is friendly.


9. The Old Mill House, 13-15 Bridge St (Jeanette Mayes)

A walled garden hidden behind a Grade 2* listed house and accessed via a shared driveway. The present owners landscaped the garden in 2018.  New trees were planted along with shrubs and perennials. A path runs to the left of the lawn constructed using stone chippings, granite and old sleepers and limestone tiles. To the right of the cart lodge and hidden from view is a small Italian themed garden inspired by Beth Chatto’s gravel garden and featuring a small urn water fountain and ancient olive tree..                                                                          

The gravel driveway may be difficult for wheelchair users, there is also a small step to the main garden. Access is via gates marked 11 (please note that this is a shared driveway and will lead to 13 -15).


10. 61 Castle Road (Jerry & Sally Noble)

Garden on the edge of town, backing onto farmland, created over the last 14 years and still being adapted. Small established front garden; shrubs and herbaceous border behind the house and screened by a large pergola and beyond that a vegetable plot and greenhouse, The picture is completed by Grandpop’s shed and lockdown Mediterranean garden together with a small anniversary bed..

Access to the right of the house. Access possible for wheelchair users but there are two steps up to the rear lawn. Refreshments available (tea/coffee and cake).


11. 153 George Street (Kaye Knowles)

A pretty garden in the courtyard style which was newly laid out  after the lawn was removed at the end of 2020. This included new paving and additional flowerbeds, two water features and a newly planted pergola.  There is some mature planting remaining and the new cottage style planting incorporates an established magnolia.                                                    

Direct access is from the road or the driveway and is all on one level.


12. Sidney Brown Court

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. Plant donations have been welcomed. A generous donation was received from the Thrift Shop which was used to purchase a pergola for shade.

Although the grass is a bit steep, there is a large patio area with shade, suitable for access by wheelchair users. Separate access to the garden.


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

The garden surrounds this contemporary style house and is a three year old oasis of a small town garden with raised beds and numerous pots. Though of minimal proportions it is creatively packed with plants by plant obsessive owners whose ambition is to do grand things in a small space. You will find a great variety of plants here, including some unusual climbers and a selection of abutilons.  Overall the garden is planted for year round interest and the different conditions that the plot offers.                                                                                                

Access through the small gate. Pathways around the garden are narrow in places and on various levels so not suitable for access by wheelchair users. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.


14.  15 Highlands Road (Helen & John Norman)

A thoughtfully redesigned family garden packed with interest and gardened very creatively with wildlife and nature in mind. Includes two wildlife ponds, a rockery and a small fruit patch. There are also 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. It might be possible to park on the street. Not easy for wheelchair users.


15. 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.

Access by side gate. Shingle paths may be unsuitable for wheelchair users.


16.  High Street/Station Road junction, Hadleigh. IP7 5AH. (Hadleigh War Memorial Garden)

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.


17. 2 Benton Street (Annabel & John Hunt)

An established town garden with central lawn surrounded by shrub/herbaceous borders and similar lateral borders on each side. There is also a lower level for herbaceous plants, roses and some vegetables. A silver leafed pear, purple leafed cherry, an ornamental maple and two mixed borders are on the driveway outside facing Cross Maltings.

Entry is from Cross Maltings. Access for wheelchair users from Cross Maltings to patio. Lawn accessed down two steps or from flank paths.


18. Hardy House, 32 Benton Street (Kim & Tony Mills)

A maturing garden with new custodians taking over the reins.  The garden was originally designed by the previous owners Mr. and Mrs. Young approximately 15 years ago for low maintenance and offers views across the Brett.  The garden is on three layers. Parterres at the top terrace, vine arch with flower beds and party lawn in the middle, with a flint folly feature and garages below.  An interesting assortment of trees, shrubs and plants.

Entry is via Benton Street. Steps that need careful negotiation make it unsuitable for wheelchair users below the top terrace.


19.  18 Raven Way (Angela & David Wild)

This garden has undergone complete renovation within the last 3 years including hard landscaping, the pond area and beds and borders.  All trees were retained including a magnolia, a robinia pseudo acacia and a very old acer, together with many shrubs and herbaceous plants.  A new rockery has been created, and a rock waterfall at one end of the pond.  A new greenhouse and small vegetable beds have been added, together with a wooded fern area.  Lots of seating areas are available.

The pond has a depth of 1m so care should be taken by all visitors. Access for wheelchair users is available from a gravel drive to the main patio giving garden views, and a one brick step leads onto the flat lawned area where three-quarters of the garden can be accessed easily, including the greenhouse. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available.


20.  7 Priory Meadows (Sarah & John Hawker)

Our garden, on the old Hadleigh Building Supplies site, was landscaped and planted out during the first lockdown. I am still adding favourite plants to fill spaces and finding out what does and doesn’t like the soil and windy conditions here. There is a small water feature in the middle of the lawn.       

The garden is suitable for wheelchair users.


21.  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 formal with mixed beds, each in a slightly different planting style, a 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 young orchard with paths mown through a perennial meadow and a large wildlife pond (not fenced off - beware!).  There is also a small established front garden.                                                                          Entrance is through double gates to right of the house. Beware unfenced large pond. The site is level and should be accessible to wheelchair users. Refreshments, WC and Plant Stall available.


22.  Toppesfield Barn, Tinkers Lane (Kate & David White)

An 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. There is a mixed native hedge on one side and red brick wall with views to the River Brett on the other side. A veg. patch and two pear trees, climbing roses and a lovely sunny patio with pots all add to the attractions of this garden. Note nearby medieval Toppesfield Bridge over the river.

Access is level with no obvious hazards.


23.  6 Market Place (Ro Stickels)

A well established, fully enclosed, small, town garden with a good selection of shrubs and small trees, including an olive, a very mature wisteria, and some espalier fruit trees. There are also plenty of other plants to add interest.

Entrance from side walk – opposite Guildhall. Access for wheelchair users should not be a problem.


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

Hidden behind the Deanery Tower is a garden that tries to keep itself neat and ordered. The rosemary, lavender and thyme (and other friends) form the herb garden. Spot the medlar tree, the lone apple tree, and a wide variety of nettles. The pheasant family and (pesky) muntjacs might make an appearance amidst the small forest of old and unusual trees that stretches to the river. Peaceful and filled with birdsong ..... and you might even be blessed with an appearance of the big Deanery Cat  (the small one stays hidden).

Entry is via a small gate in the corner of the churchyard. Hazards: a river; nettles; some stone steps; getting lost; the Dean. WC in base of the Tower or at the Church opposite. Dogs welcome.