Daws Hall Sanctuary Gardens

"Exotic Shrubs plus a superb collection of trees and plants offer colour and interest throughout the year at the gardens at Daws Hall in Lamarsh, creating a plantsman’s paradise"

Philippa Pearson, Essex Life.


Daws Hall is well known as an important East Anglian Nature Reserve and Environmental Education Centre. It also contains eight acres of gardens which have been created by Major Iain Grahame during the past fifty years.


The gardens are also open to the general public on selected days each year and bookings can be made for guided tours by garden clubs, Women’s Institutes and other groups and societies. Tea and biscuits can be provided, but groups are encouraged to bring their own homemade cakes.


The year starts with a Snowdrop Celebration, and our display of these harbingers of spring, best seen 5-25th February, rivals anywhere else in East Anglia.


During April and May there are thousands of spring bulbs, including fritillaries, scillas, chinodoxas and several different species of tulip. Daws Hall is renowned for its collection of foxglove trees and these flower in May, Paulownia tomensosa is grown as standards and also coppiced to display their enormous leaves. The collection also houses P. kawakamii and P. catalpifolia.


Summer at Daws Hall sees numerous unusual trees and plants at their best. These include the roses, of which there are over a hundred different varieties, predominantly species and old-fashioned roses (these are shortly going to be featured in an issue of English Garden). Almost all trees and shrubs at Daws Hall are clearly labelled.

Also on display throughout summer is an observation hive in our own bee room. Honey from the Daws Hall bees is frequently for sale.


Autumn can best be described as ‘a blaze of colour’, when the collection of over fifty different acers and several different nyssas can be seen at their best – (see the Autumn 2017 issue of Landscape). Apart from the snowdrop area in February the entire garden is accessible to wheelchairs.

If you would like to book a garden visit for a group, club or society please contact Major Grahame on 01787 269213.