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GMG Visit Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

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GMG members are invited to an exclusive day at the inspirational home of ecological and sustainable gardening, Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens. The day will consist of welcome refreshments and a light lunch, garden tours a visit to Beth’s home, and a look into the peat free and ecological world of propagation at Beth Chatto, with members split into small groups for each activity there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and answers.

10.00       Meet for tea and coffee.
10.30       Welcome by Julia Boulton then tour of:

  • Beth’s House
  • Behind the scenes Propagation / Stockbeds
  • Garden 1 Gravel and Water
  • Garden 2 Wood, Scree and Reservoir

12:00       Break for lunch
13:00       Tour continues
14:30       Tea, coffee and cake
15:00       Nursery and garden open to view.
17:00       Garden closes

Traveling by train:  The following information has been taken from the Beth Chatto website:

Colchester has two train stations, North Station and Colchester Town.  Colchester Town station is in the centre of town and near the bus station.  North Station is over a mile north of the town centre and would require another bus to reach the town centre but does have a taxi rank just outside if you would prefer to continue your journey by car. Regular trains to North Station run from London Liverpool Street, Ipswich, Clacton on Sea and Norwich. Trains to Colchester Town are less frequent and may require you to change at North Station. Journey time to Colchester Town from London Liverpool Street is approximately 90 minutes.

Car Share:      Car shares could be available upon request.

Parking:          Main car park
                         Disabled parking available


This event is free for all delegates.

Delegate Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before you book your place on the tour.

Event entry is in the name of the GMG Member only and cannot be passed on to non-members unless the event allows the admission of non-members to attend. Please note, to be eligible to attend you must have renewed your membership. 

Refund Policy
For events where tickets have been purchased, tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to a future visit if 48 working hours notice has been given.

Cancellation Policy
If you cannot attend, cancellations must be made 48 working hours or more prior to the event by contacting

We may cancel or interrupt the tour at any time if an event outside our reasonable control prevents us from operating (force majeure).  This could include severe weather or injury or illness of the tour guide.

If the tour cannot go ahead for any reason, we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know.

Waiting List
If the event is ‘sold out or fully booked’ then members can be placed on a waiting list and will be informed as soon as possible but could be within 24 hours of the event

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.  The Garden Media Guild will advise if specific clothing is needed at working factories etc. 

Please be aware that some gardens may be difficult for people reliant on a wheelchair or other aids due to narrow paths, steps etc. If you have accessibility requirements, please contact us in advance.

Loss or Damage
The garden owners and The Garden Media Guild cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to you or your personal effects. You visit the gardens at your own risk.

Videos and photography:
Different gardens will have different rules around video and photography.  It is your responsibility to make sure you follow any rules around video and photography on any visit.

Data protection
The Garden Media Guild is committed to your security and privacy. We do not share your personal details to any third party. It is kept in line with our Privacy Policy If you book a garden visit, your personal details will be required to send you confirmation or other details, such as tickets, and may be used to send you a survey at the end.

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