About

The Magnolias is a small private garden in the town of Brentwood in the county of Essex, in South-East England. My wife Linda and I have been opening the garden to the public since 1981.

The small front garden packed with plants, gives a clue to the kind of planting to expect in the back garden, but not the size. The back garden is around 300ft long to give an area approaching half an acre.

Throughout the back garden meandering paths run up and down through a host of trees, shrubs and climbers, under-planted with perennials and bulbs. Although the garden is of special appeal to plant enthusiasts, there are features for others including children. There are seven outside ponds containing various species of fish and another in a greenhouse. This greenhouse contains various exotic amphibians including tree frogs.

We hope to update and add to The Magnolias website on a regular basis. We will aim to display new photos as and when we feel we have a picture worth sharing. 

We of course hope that some of you would like to visit us by prior appointment. Quite a few years ago we were in a book of gardens worth driving fifty miles to see!

I would like to mention the considerable assistance with setting up this website and the preparation and layout of the material, that we have had from our son Paul. He is also responsible for taking some of the photos.

Roger and Linda Hammond

Recent Posts

Houdini Badger

Last night, a badger managed to bend the vertical strands of the ‘badger proof’ fencing to create a hole 13.5cm by 19cm. This is smaller than a normal cat flap! The picture below shows one vertical wire only bent to the left, the other one being bent similarly to the right. In fairness to the fencing, it had to push itself through against the hedge. Without this to push against it wouldn’t have been able to make its way through.

The second video clip below is presumabably another fatter badger that failed to push through the same hole and then decided to climb back down..

Video clip below; Yesterday we blocked the hole with finer mesh and this is what occurred. The clip is probably good enough for You’ve Been Framed!

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