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

Epimedium Weekend 4th and 5th May 2019 From 10:00am to 4:00pm

Our open garden weekend was a great success in 2018, when people came from far and wide to enjoy the Epimediums and our garden as a whole. We had lots of nice comments on the day and subsequent emails thanking us for opening our garden. We have therefore decided to open again in 2019 and hope the weather will be kind.

You can download our poster for the event here.

  1. Linda Uses Her Sewing Skills. Leave a reply
  2. Storm Eleanor Jan 2018 Leave a reply
  3. Epimedium Open Weekend 28th-29th April 2018 Leave a reply
  4. Walls and Finishing Touches Leave a reply
  5. Building the Roof Leave a reply
  6. Pagoda Construction Begins! Leave a reply
  7. The End of the Road for Our Old Pagoda Leave a reply
  8. Failed Experiment! Leave a reply
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