Royal Horticultural Society Garden Hyde Hall

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Address and contact details
Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Tel: 0845 265 8071
Fax: 01245 402 100
Web site:
Latitude: 51° 39' 59" N
Longitude: 0° 34' 43" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:Gifted to the RHS 1993
Ownership:Royal Horticultural Society
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director of Horticulture: Tim Upson
Curator: Robert Brett
Plant Records Officer: Jeanette Jones
Contact person: Robert Brett (
Collections:Yes, in accordance with the Royal Horticultural Society's Mission Statement.
Physical environment
Altitude:46m above sea level
Soil type:Clay to heavy clay loam at best
Aspect:due to the hilltop location there is a full range of 360 degree aspects
Total area:150 acres for visitor use
Other sites of collection:RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Rosemoor
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Weather recordsY
Plant collection
Special families within the collections:
Caprifoliaceae, Rosaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Viburnum, Iris, Rosa, Narcissus, Salvia, Pseudopanax, Molinia, Calamagrostis, Stipa
Special collections:
National Collections of Viburnum – 43 Species, 88 Taxa, 120 Accessions, 138 Plants.
TARGET 8 PROJECT TAXON LIST   UK Red Data List 2005SAP lead partnerWELSH Red Data List 2008IRISH Red Data List 1987IRISH Red Data List 2005TARGET 8 PROJECT datasheetGarden(s)
Atriplex pedunculata
Pedunculate Sea-purslane
B CR T8 Hyde Hall
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:BRAHMS (previously BG-Base)
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 20,000 wild collected and 55,000 cultivated specimens. Code WSY in Index Herbariorum
Library:Opening hours are variable. Please ring the garden before you visit.
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden guide, catalogue available on the Internet, The Garden, The Plant Review (formerly The Plantsman), Orchid Review
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Taxonomic, public education, special courses
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, a touchscreen information kiosk
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, book shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:150,000
Public opening hours:10-18.00 all week, summer hours, 10-16.00 all week winter hours, Closed Christmas day
Guiding principles behind the collection
The encouragement and the improvement of the science and practice of horticulture in all its branches.
Location map

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