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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

East Bergholt

2 miles east of A12, on B1070, east-north-east of East Bergholt.

22 acres

01206 299224

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Opening Hours

Daily (closed Easter Sunday), 1 Mar–30 Sep. Please see website for opening times.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Mon–Sat, 1 Apr–30 Sep.


  • Assistance dogs only
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • National Plant Collections
  • Wildflower meadow

About the garden

Owned by
Sara & Rupert Eley

The tranquil 20-acre garden at Place for Plants: East Bergholt Place Garden, often referred to as a 'Cornish Garden in Suffolk', benefits from a mild coastal climate and a wonderful woodland microclimate. Laid out at the turn of the last century by the present owner's great-grandfather, the garden has a fine collection of mature and younger trees and shrubs – many of which are rarely seen elsewhere – rambling roses and fine topiary yew hedges.

The garden's meandering paths and gentle slopes are particularly beautiful in the spring with its large collection of magnolias, camellias and flowering dogwoods. Naturalised bulbs have been widely used in the garden and the fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris bank is not to be missed.

The newly created bog border is a fine sight in the lower part of the garden with its ponds and woodland atmosphere. The plants are well labelled and also includes the National Collection of deciduous Euonymus that is best seen at the end of summer.

Plants of special interest

  • Camellias
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Topiary
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.