Garden: 'Capability' Brown was responsible for laying out the landscaped grounds of Audley End in the 18th century; restoration work has revived the park and its lovely gardens, which include a 19th century parterre and rose garden. An artificial lake has been formed from the River Cam, which runs through the park. Interesting array of original garden buildings including 170-ft vine house. Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, England, CB11 4JF
A delightful modern garden designed by the writer and gardener Beth Chatto, based around four distinct areas, each with its own character. See a Scree Garden, Woodland Garden, Gravel Garden, and delightful Water Garden. Plants for sale at the attached garden centre. A133, Elmstead Market, Essex, England, C07 7DB
Marks Hall Arboretum and Garden is a country estate features trees and shrubs from around the world, grouped by continent. This fascinating and attractive garden mixes traditional garden design with modern planting techniques, combining interesting new plantings with long-established shrubs. Coggeshall, Essex, England, CO6 1TG
Hyde Hall, Essex, is a 24-acre garden donated to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993 and one of 4 gardens around Britain operated by the RHS. A special focus at Hyde Hall is the use of plants and techniques suited to arid areas, as this is one of the driest spots in Britain! Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Essex, England, CM3 8ET
Saling Hall is an Elizabethan manor set in an attractive 12-acre modern garden with an attached arboretum. The arboretum features rare trees and classical ornamentation arranged around a serpentine pond.