In 2023 the garden at Ulting Wick will be open on Sunday the 23rd of April, Friday the 28th April, Tuesday 11th of July, Bank Holiday Monday, 28th of August, Friday 1st of September in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. All dates 2-5pm. Cash only as no cashless facilities are available.
It is also open to Horticulural or other groups throughout the year by appointment.
Nestling in the conservation area of the Chelmer Valley in rural Essex the eleven acre gardens at Ulting Wick have been redesigned, extended and developed over the past 25 years by Philippa and Bryan Burrough.
The garden is centered around three listed black Essex barns and a 17th century farmhouse. The buildings provide structure, shelter and a canvas for exuberant, colourful and vibrant planting of thousands of tulips in box-edged beds followed by a tropical display of dahlias, bananas, grasses, cosmos, hedychiums, rare exotics, salvias and annuals to provide late summer interest.
© photograph reproduced by kind permission of Marianne Majerus
Away from the barns and the farmhouse the garden extends out into the countryside and the emphasis changes to a more naturalistic and permanent style of planting. Drifts of snowdrops and daffodils start the gardening year off. Mature weeping willows grace the side of a large pond with herbaceous perennials in shady stream beds. Woodland, pink and white theme gardens as well as drought-tolerant borders and a newly-created wildflower meadow provide other areas of interest throughout the season. In addition there is a productive vegetable garden with a Victorian-style greenhouse.
© photograph reproduced by kind permission of Clive Nichols
This garden has been featured in many articles and magazines includingThe English Garden (2011 and 2016), Country Living, Country Life (Feb 2012 article and September 2012 article) and Country Homes & Interiors magazines, Gardens Illustrated (October 2012 article), House and Garden (April 2014) and Period Homes and Interiors (April 2104) The Royal Horticultural Society “The Garden” 2012, Garden Style (Germany) and Essex Life. In November 2012 the garden appeared in BBC Gardener’s World on the subject of how to plant tulips. It also was featured in July 2021 on the subject of late Sumer planting https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000y2xb/gardeners-world-2021-episode-18
Included as a case study in Marianne Majerus’s award winning book “Garden Design, A Book of Ideas”. The garden was included in top 10 Spring Gardens to visit in The English Garden magazine April 2015 and 50 Spring Garden to visit in the UK in the Saturday Telegraph in 2016.
In 2021 we were thrilled to win the Eastern Region of “The Nations Favourite Garden” National Garden Scheme competition as voted by readers of The English Garden.