New Edible Garden for RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Thursday 25 February 2016

• New Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall to be a showcase for fruit and vegetables from around the world • With an innovative circular design and a glasshouse centrepiece, the garden is set to open in summer 2017 • Part of RHS investment in the future of horticulture, the RHS Vision, the Global Growth Vegetable Garden will inspire people to grow their own and push boundaries of edible horticulture

At RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford, Essex, work has started on a Global Growth Vegetable Garden sponsored by Witan, a global equity investment trust.

The garden, set to open in summer 2017, will challenge perceptions of conventional kitchen gardens and showcase an extraordinarily diverse range of edible plants. From the everyday to the exotic, including edible ornamentals, from yams and chickpeas to lima beans and tomatillos, the Global Growth Vegetable Garden aims to inspire people to grow their own and demonstrate the myriad of edible possibilities that exist.

Horticulturist Matthew Oliver said: “We are hugely excited about this vegetable garden. It’s a unique development and with the revival of interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables, we hope it will become as much of a destination as the ornamental parts of Hyde Hall.”

Designed by Suffolk-based garden and landscape designer Xa Tollemache, its innovative circular layout will be sectioned into four quarters, representing the continents of Europe & the Middle East, Asia, North & Central America and South America. The centrepiece will be a bespoke 14m (46ft) wide, 7m (23ft) high, octagonal glasshouse manufactured by Hartley Botanic.

Groundworks for the new garden are underway. Soil preparation will start this summer followed by planting of the key structural elements, which includes hedging, trees and shrubs.

It is hoped that the combination of an inspirational setting and an amazing array of produce, will encourage people of all ages to get growing and to experience for themselves the joy of fresh, great-tasting food.

The garden’s restaurant will also be creating a tempting range of seasonal dishes to showcase the harvested produce, so visitors will taste for themselves just how good home-grown is.

For more information, please contact: Sue Carter, RHS Garden Hyde Hall: on 01245 402006 or email


Notes to editors

1 This development is being financed by the RHS in conjunction with Witan Investment Trust plc, a leading global equity investment trust. Witan has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the RHS over many years and during this time has helped the Society to develop several gardens at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. This is the firm’s first major sponsorship project at Hyde Hall.

2 The RHS is currently raising funds for the glasshouse. All contributions will make a real difference. For further information on this and other developments at Hyde Hall please email

About RHS Garden Hyde Hall

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET  0845 265 8071*

*Calls to RHS ‘08’ numbers cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider`s access charge.

Opening times
10am – 6pm (4pm November to February)
Last admission is one hour before closing. Closed Christmas Day.

2016 garden admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements vary according to membership type).

Adults £10.00 (£11.00 with donation)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £5.00 (£5.50 with donation)
Children 4 & under Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children £25.50 (£28.25 with donation)
Groups of 10+ £9.00pp (booking essential)

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows, through our scientific research, website, publications, libraries, education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants. We’re committed to promoting the value of gardens, demonstrating how gardening is good for us and explaining the vital roles that plants play in a sustainable world.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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