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Wonderful late-summer colour in Essex
Wed, 6 Sep 2017, 10:45
We start our day at a garden that has gained widespread recognition in the gardening press, both for its splendid tulip displays in Spring and for its riotously colourful late summer show. Ulting Wick, Maldon, home of Philippa and Bryan Burrough has been created over the past 15 years from an old working farmyard, with restored black clapperboard barns as a backdrop. After morning coffee and biscuits, Philippa and her gardener Neil Bradford will be our guides, to show us round a garden that explodes with late seasonal colour, featuring over 100 dahlias plus many annuals and grasses that are raised in-house. Mature weeping willows border the delightful pond area and oak raised beds provide a growing area for a wide variety of vegetables. Phiippa's most recent project is a perennial wildflower meadow.
From here we travel to The Maldon Smokehouse, a hidden gem on the River Blackwater, for a delicious two-course lunch with wine.
In the afternoon, we will visit Furzelea, a Victorian country house and garden on a south-facing hillside, just outside the village of Danbury. Created by owners Avril and Roger Cole-Jones, this is a plantsman's delight with beautifully composed, colour-coordinated beds and borders that bear close observation for their clever plant combinations. Planned for all-year-round interest, the 2/3 acre garden is divided into different themed areas, featuring a raised stone terrace, impressive topiary, a pond, unusual shrubs and finally, a beautiful thatched summerhouse. Afternoon tea will be served here.
We will start from Hatfield Peverel station and transport between gardens is provided.
The day includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course lunch with wine and afternoon tea.
Photo credit: Photographs courtesy of Marcus Harpur and Marianne Majerus ©