Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Houses
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. Visitors to the Gardens will find something to interest them throughout the year. Frosty days of January, with the perfume of the witch hazels' strange spidery flowers filtering through the Gardens, gradually change to the flamboyant blooms of the spring flowering camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas. These are followed by the heady scents of summer's flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants before the autumn season of fiery hues.
The Winter Garden has been planted to show a wide range of plants at their best from November until March, a period which many assume is a "quiet" time for gardens generally. However, visiting the Gardens during the winter months can have many rewards, including tantalising scents, strange and eerie silhouettes highlighted by winter sun, and the bursting of bulbs through frozen soil. This winter spectacle is achieved through the use of plants for their bark, stem, flower, scent, foliage, fruit and form. .
AddressJermyns Lane, Ampfield, Hampshire, SO51 0QA
Opening times10.30am - 6pm
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