Brentwood in Essex, England

Welcome to The Magnolias Garden website.

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. It is around 300 ft long to give an area approaching half an acre. 

The front garden after a recent pruning!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 six outside ponds containing various species of fish and another in a greenhouse. This greenhouse contains various exotic reptiles (no snakes) and amphibians including several species of tree frog.

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, who live close enough, will come and visit us on one of our regular open days. Quite a few years ago we were in a book of gardens worth driving fifty miles to see!

Dicksonia antarcticaI 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.