Beth Chatto’s Garden began in 1960, emerging from an overgrown wasteland. It has been transformed into an inspirational and informal garden, working on the principle that garden plants grow best when placed in conditions closest to their natural habitats. Her famous, never-watered, dry garden is an example of this approach. The accompanying plant nursery stocks about 2,000 plants, all sold according to growing conditions. The modern tearoom serves light lunches, homemade cakes and award-winning local ice cream.