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July 15, 2013, 1:05 p.m.
Gardens of Hyde Hall in Essex

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Hyde Hall in Essex

The gardens on the 360-acre Hyde Hall estate are beautiful in any season — but creating them was a challenge. Hyde Hall is in an area of Essex that has very low rainfall, is an exposed site and has difficult soil conditions. The reward and lesson for visitors is that by choosing the right plants for the right places and by working with the prevailing conditions, it is possible to create a garden of great beauty almost anywhere.