On Sunday 5 August, 47 Members enjoyed a trip to Hyde Hall, one of the four the RHS Gardens. It is probably the garden that has been developed the most in recent years and contains the iconic Dry Garden, the Robinson Woodland Garden and the Hilltop Garden. Hyde Hall is surely one of the finest gardens in the East of England, its location among rolling hills and fantastic panoramic views can often surprise the visitor to Essex. This 145-hectare (360-acre) estate is constantly evolving, as the gardening team strive to retain the original intimacy and charm of this horticultural gem, while at the same time aiming to restore much of the estate to its former rural glory, including its historic hedgerows and woodland.