Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum) hold the greatest collection of hardy trees and shrubs in the world. Started by the late Sir Harold Hillier in 1953 and given in trust to Hampshire County Council in 1977, the Gardens now extend to 180 acres. Within this unique collection of more than 42,000 plants (12,500 different types), visitors will find much of interest throughout the year.
A magnificent but little visited series of gardens with designs attributed to John Tradescant. Each area of the garden has own character and surrounds Viscount Salisbury’s ancient manor house (not open). You won’t find this garden on other garden tours but it is not to be missed. Delightful tea-room and plant sales area for browsing.
Edmonsham House and Garden
Edmonsham House Gardens has 6 acres of lawns, shrubs and trees and lovely spring bulbs. The fine walled garden has a herbaceous border and gives the keen gardener the opportunity to see organic gardening in
Wander peacefully through 20 acres at Minterne Gardens, where magnolias and rhododendrons tower over small streams in Spring, and later, eurcryphias, hydrangeas and water lilies provide a new vista at each turn with ducks on the small lakes and cascades.
Sherborne Castle Gardens
Springtime boasts an incredible array of bulbs, summer months bring to life the seductive atmosphere of the garden. The tranquil lakeside walk takes you through a superb collection of trees and plants. The Ginkgo, spectacular Metasequoia and gigantic Cedars are a must for any arborist.
Bishops Palace, Wells
The gardens surrounding the Bishop’s Palace at Wells are a haven of tranquillity and peace. Visitors are free to wander over the lawns past flower-beds, specimen trees and shrubs.
A delightful working mill surrounded by a garden of herbaceous borders, bog garden, ponds, waterfalls and a riverside walk.
Stourton House Flower Garden
A fascinating romantic 4 1/2 acre plantsman's garden where grass paths lead through unique Daffodils, Camellias, scented Azaleas and Magnolias. Visitors will walk under Kiwi laden trees, down delphinium and rose-covered walks, or by pitcher plant lily ponds. There are majestically hedged borders which host dragonflies, butterflies, and birds. There is a ferny secret garden and woodland area with camellias, scented azaleas and blue hydrangeas.
Twenty one acres of landscaped parkland and grounds include an old English rose garden, a water garden and a fine Palladian bridge of 1737 over the river Nadder. Also one of the country's finest stately homes.
This lovely garden is composed of a distinct structure of rooms defined by two axes and enclosed by dense hedges. Sharply defined lawns, raised borders and vertical accents of fastigate yews give each area a unique character.
The Gardens comprise eight acres of delightful informal landscape with extensive views over the New Forest towards the Isle of Wight. Beautiful banks of azaleas and rhododendrons, heathers, ferns, water garden, the strange bottle brush tree, flaming Chilean Fire trees and many other features.
Spinners Garden and Nursery
On a slope overlooking the Lymington River valley with Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Japanese Maples, Hydrangeas, and other rare shrubs inter planted with a wide variety of choice woodland and ground cover plants. Adjoining internationally known nursery.
Sixty acres of parkland and gardens include Italianate, American, Oriental, Hermitage and Alpine gardens, palmhouse and specialist greenhouses.
Killerton House and Garden
Killerton House is a beautiful hillside garden for all seasons, early spring flowering bulbs, magnolias, azaleas, herbaceous borders and great autumn colours. Killerton is a plantsman's paradise with rare trees and shrubs from all around the world collected by the Veitch family.