Hampshire is a true garden-lover’s destination with a huge variety of gardens to visit, plus several world-famous collections. From woodland walks to formal gardens, spring bulbs to stunning autumn reds and golds – there is something to see all year round. Simply relax and explore, or take part in a nature trail, art course or even an open air concert.
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Spectacular woodland garden on the edge of the Beaulieu River within the New Forest National Park. Explore the 200 acres on foot, by chauffeur-driven buggy or on the delightful steam train! Highlights World famous collection of rhododendrons & azaleas in April/May, 12¼” steam railway, daffodil meadow, rock garden, children’s trails & play areas, Christmas events. Exbury SO45 1AZ 023 8089 1203 www.exbury.co.uk
Queen Eleanor’s Garden
Hidden gem, tucked away behind the Great Hall of Winchester Castle – an authentic recreation of an early medieval garden. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the heart of the city. Highlights Turf seat, tunnel arbour, pool with fountain, secluded sitting area.
The Great Hall, Winchester SO23 8UJ 01962 846476 www.hants.gov.uk/greathall
Beautiful National Trust house and gardens with a crystal clear river. Step back in time as you stroll around formal gardens or get to know the grounds with a free guided walk. Highlights River walks, walled garden, rose garden, lime avenue designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe, yew octagon, art gallery and event venue.
Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP 01794 340757 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
A family-orientated garden, which holds 14 National Plant collections of world importance. Take a look at the varied activity programme, including watercolour painting, tree climbing, a Halloween ghost walk and a Christmas gardener’s breakfast to name but a few. Highlights Acer valley, giant bamboo wind chimes, hydrangea walk, Jurassic Gunnera Boardwalk, rhododendron woodland tree house, famous winter garden.
Jermyns Lane, Romsey SO51 0QA 01794 369318 www.hilliergardens.org.uk
Gilbert White’s House
Restored house and gardens of pioneering naturalist Gilbert White. Quirky features, inspiring views and historic plant varieties are the hallmarks of this tranquil garden. Highlights Kitchen garden, herb garden, ancient woodland, Moth Nights.
High Street, Selborne GU34 3JH 01420 511275 www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk
The ‘Great House’ and gardens owned by Jane Austen’s brother. Follow in the footsteps of Austen, who regularly walked to Chawton from her own house nearby. Highlights Stunning views, period features, walled garden mentioned in Jane Austen’s letters.
Chawton, Alton GU34 1SJ 01420 541010 www.chawtonhouse.org
Houghton Lodge Gardens
Beautiful eighteenth century gardens set above the romantic River Test. Enjoy the charming formal and informal gardens but beware the topiary dragon! Open Apr-Sept. Highlights Woodland grotto, orchid house, alpacas, peacock garden, long border.
Houghton, Stockbridge SO20 6LQ 01264 810502 www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
Check individual gardens’ websites to find out more about seasonal highlights and special events.