Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is home to one of the most important modern plant collections in the world. Established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier, the magnificent collection of over 42,000 plants from temperate regions around the world grow in a variety of superb themed landscapes set over 180-acres of rolling Hampshire countryside.
This incredibly beautiful Garden is home to 14 National Plant Collections and over 400 champion trees. Every year the collection is added to with many plants from around the world.
Open throughout the year, the Gardens offer four seasons of beauty, inspiration and discovery.
Attractions include one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe, Spring Walk, Magnolia Avenue, Rhododendron and Azalea woodland, Himalayan Valley, Gurkha Memorial Garden and the ‘Centenary Border’: a specular 250 meter long, mixed double edge border, hosting over 30,000 plants in 800 varieties - and at 250 meters long is one of the longest in the county!
The Visitor & Education Pavilion offers fine views of the collection and surrounding countryside and features; a stylish licensed restaurant for home-cooked meals, light refreshments and afternoon teas, open-air terrace & gift shop.
There is also a full events programme, exhibitions, Victorian tea rooms*, open air concerts and workshops for all ages and interests all year round.
*open subject to private functions
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is part of the following Inspirations:
"The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens look good all year round, but the Winter Garden, said to be the largest in Europe, is renowned worldwide. It contains more than 650 plants that are at their best between November and March – yes, there really are that many! A wander around the large beds and borders will inspire you to plant more winter beauties in your own garden."
"The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens pull off that rare feat of looking brilliant all year round. The gardens started life as an arboretum and the gardens have the highest number of ‘champion trees’ in Britain, many of which give fantastic autumn colour. There’s plenty to see around the gardens too, from shrubs such as oak-leafed hydrangeas, rare enkianthus and lipstick-pink nerines."
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is part of the following Inspirations based on location:
"Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This article will beg to differ and begin to explore some of the best spots, sights and attractions that are an absolute must for anyone wishing to visit the county."
Information on Sir Harold Hillier Gardens , Jermyns Lane , Ampfield , Romsey
|Opening Times:||All year ex 25 & 26 Dec, Daily Summer 10:00-18:00/dusk, Winter 10:00-17:00.|
|Admission:||Adult £10.90, Concessions £9.90 Group rates available. Membership starts from £34 (DD)|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||Only 10 miles south of Winchester M3 Exit at junction 11 follow signs to Winchester then follow “The Hillier Gardens” brown signs on the A3090. M27 Exit at junction 2, follow signs to Romsey (A3090) and then follow “The Hillier Gardens” brown signs. FREE PARKING.|
Children's play features including Tree House, Super Snake Swing, Wobbly Bridge and more, Outdoor Art in the Garden trail (May - Oct), All-ability paths, Full events programme, Guided Tours (pre booked), Mobility scooters and wheelchairs for hire (pre booked), Art & Craft Workshops, Free Coach and Car Parking, Plant and Gift shop onsite, Restaurant with views, Tea Rooms (open subject to private functions)
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