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From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength. From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength.
I can recall trips to Hyde Hall with my parents when it was owned by Helen & Dick Robinson, so maybe it was meant to be that I should eventually end up working here
I joined Hyde Hall in 2006 and look after the garden’s marketing and public relations. When I started we were receiving around 100,000 visitors annually to the garden. This has now increased to just over 217,000. There’s been a lot of changes in this time which is great for the garden, and me, as it keeps things fresh and interesting. I am also a board member of Visit Essex, the county’s official tourism organisation and a member of Essex Houses & Gardens, who are a collective of 14 properties that come together to promote the wonderful array of tourist attractions in the county.
Outside of work I have a keen interest in gardening, which probably started from when I was a child and was assigned a piece of garden to look after at the family home. I can also recall trips to Hyde Hall with my parents when it was owned by Helen & Dick Robinson, so maybe it was meant to be that I should eventually end up working here.
However, I only realised just how much I enjoyed gardening after I had left home and moved into a flat. Not having a garden was absolutely dreadful. Therefore, high on the list of priorities for my next move was an outside space. I now have a garden that is about 45 metres long, which sounds big, but it’s actually very narrow.
I also enjoy visiting gardens, especially in the summer months when lots of towns hold open garden weekends. We are also lucky enough to have a great range of National Garden Scheme (NGS) properties in the county, so there’s plenty to keep me busy at the weekends.
Sue Carter (RHS Staff)
Adam Frost lends a helping hand at Hyde Hall
Firing up for a floral feast
Top designer gets stuck in at Hyde Hall for National Gardening Week
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