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From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength. From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength.
The Robinson & Woodland Gardens feature contemporary design, three boggy areas and a woodland landscape that offers interest throughout the year
These two garden areas were first planted by Hyde Hall's original owners, the Robinsons. In 2006 the Robinson Garden (pictured above) was recreated to create a contemporary garden with three distinct boggy areas.
The Robinson Garden has been designed to be a modern plant lover's garden with unusual species that thrive in the boggy conditions. The garden is in a natural dell, and a retaining wall was built using gabion cages filled with granite and fronted with paddlestones. This allows the garden to retain spectacular panoramic views onto the surrounding estate and also provides a great habitat for wildlife including nesting wrens and small mammals. A network of routes cross the garden and two solid oak bridges allow visitors to cross the boggy areas and see the plants at close quarters.
The Woodland Garden is one of the original features of RHS Garden Hyde Hall and the Robinsons had to clear the area of scrub and brambles before they could begin planting. The site is exposed and the first planting attempts failed, until a shelter belt of conifers and other trees was planted and the soil improved. Now the Woodland Garden is home to a number of rare specimens of Camellia, Rhododendron, Pieris and Magnolia.
The Robinson Garden is named after Helen Robinson, who died in 2004. The area was previously called Hermione's Garden.
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