Visting Beth Chatto’s garden near Colchester is something we could do every week of the year.  There is always so much to observe in the garden – subtle changes and some more dramatic – as the seasons roll through and the planting palette evolves.

We had tickets for the recent inaugral Dan Pearson lecture to mark the beginning of the Beth Chatto Education Trust.  An afternoon of plant appreciation and observing in the gardens was followed by an interesting lecture and film at the nearby Essex University.

Visiting the gardens has the same calming effect as meditation and we always leave inspired and with a sense of peace. We were even lucky enough to witness Beth Chatto presenting Dan Pearson with a photo of them both together in the garden, with Christine Walkden and Beth’s grandaughter, Julia Boulton, alongside.

The added bonus this visit was hearing Dan Pearson talk about his relationship with Beth and how his skills and garden practice have evolved over the years.

Inspiring plants and inspiring people.