RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Posted on: December 4th, 2011 by Rob

RHS Garden Hyde Hall is located in one of the driest areas of the British Isles, with an average annual rainfall of just 600mm (24in). As an RHS Regional Garden one of its aims is to develop and maintain a garden of beauty and diversity that all visitors will enjoy, while also demonstrating sustainable horticultural techniques that are appropriate for the region – and low rainfall areas in general.

The Dry Garden, supported by Essex and Suffolk Water, has been designed and planted to demonstrate how a garden can be created without the need for artificial irrigation. The garden has been constructed on a sloping site of approximately 1,600sq m using large gabbro (an igneous rock related to basalt) boulders and stone mulch to give the impression of a natural rocky outcrop, similar to the environment in which many of the plants would occur in nature.

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