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Hampshire Gardens’ EVENTS 7th May

Garden Appreciation Day

Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens

Explore our 66 acres of manicured gardens, accompanied by a three course lunch in our Oak Room Restaurant. £49.50 per person. 17th May 11am -3pm

The Scented Garden with Stephen Lacey

West Green House Gardens

Lunch with the celebrated author of ‘The RHS Companion of Scented Plants’. Lunch, garden tour and talk £55pp. Booking essential. 28th May

Nature Day: Below the Hanger and Beyond.

Gilbert White’s House

Join many organisations like the RSPB and Hampshire & I.O.W Wildlife Trust in a day of activities learning about what’s around us and how to protect it.. 28th May

Seasonal Tour & Tea

Exbury Gardens

Join a knowledgeable guide as they lead you to the best of the seasonal colour in Exbury’s enchanting woodland gardens. Cream tea included! June

Rose Season

The Walled Gardens at Mottisfont

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Mottisfont holds the National Collection of old-fashioned roses, which flower once a year in a gorgeous spectacle of colour. 4th June 11am -3pm

The Road to Royal Blood – Anglo-Saxon event day

Westbury Manor Museum

A fun-packed day of weapons demonstrations, crafts and replica jewellery and costumes with re-enactment group Weorod. Free admission. 17th June 11.30am - 1.30pm

Teddy Bear’s Picnic ‘National Picnic Week’

Westbury Manor Museum

Under 5’s with their parents/carers can bring their teddies and a picnic to the museum garden, visit and make something special for teddy and themselves! No need to book, just turn up (by 1pm). Free admission. £1 for the make and takes. 18th-19th June

Unusual Plants Fair

Gilbert White’s House

Suppliers of unusual plants from across The South of England come to Gilbert White’s beautiful 25 acre garden, as well as on hand advice, and a gardener’s question time. 15th July

Summer Steam Soiree

Exbury Gardens

Enjoy an evening tour of the gardens, a ride on the steam railway with a glass of Pimms and a three-course dinner - the perfect summers evening entertainment! 16 July – 18 Sept

Beatrix Potter: play/ exhibition/family trail


Timeless illustrations from the classic children’s author, illustrator and artist. Explore the grounds with a linked family activity trail. 13th-14th Aug

Gilbert Games

Gilbert White’s House

Try out some eighteenth century games and crafts. A great family day out at our annual country games and fair. 25th Sept

Apple Fayre

Houghton Lodge Gardens

Closing its 2016 season with an Apple Fayre in the walled garden.


29th Sept 7pm

West Green House Supper Club

West Green House Gardens

A seasonal menu celebrating fresh produce at our new ‘pop-up’ supper club. Five course meal and ‘bubbles’ £59pp. Booking essential. ©Hampshire Highlights Guide 2016 owned and produced by The Marketing Collective Ltd. For additional copies please contact: or call 023 80001655. Information correct at the time of publication. The Marketing Collective Ltd. do not endorse any of the products and service presented in the Hampshire Highlights Guide, and cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience incurred as a result of changes to advertised information. Always check details before making arrangements. Designed by Tina Scahill, Creative Directionalist at The Marketing Collective. COVER IMAGE ©Kevan Brewer.

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Welcome to Hampshire Highlights the Year of the English Garden 2016 is the Year of the English Garden and a national campaign by Visit Britain will celebrate England’s greatest attractions to mark the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown. Hampshire is a garden-lovers destination where there are associations with some of the great names in gardening history; from the Rothschilds’ azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest, the prized collections of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey, the National Collection of old fashioned roses at Mottisfont to Walled Gardens and stunning 16th, 17th and 18th century gardens. Discover borders bursting with spring bulbs, herbaceous summer planting, rich autumn shrubberies and unique winter gardens. There are gardens for every season –

so come and explore #hampshiregardens “It is a delight to live in a county that has such a rich diversity of gardens within its boundaries. The Downs, the coast and sheltered valleys on soil that varies tremendously offers any gardener rich pickings when its comes to floral spectacle. As a Hampshire resident of more that 30 years’ standing there is still lots to see.”

Alan Titchmarsh

WIN Share your photos and experiences by using #HampshireGardens and #YearoftheEnglishGarden Visit for more information on gardens and your chance to WIN tickets to 3 Hampshire Gardens of your choice in 2017 and £30 worth of National Garden Centre Vouchers.



Heather Garden, magnolias, daffodils and award-winning camellias at Exbury Gardens ‘ International Camellia Garden of Excellence’ 2014 W  ildflower Meadow at Gilbert White’s House throughout Spring and early summer, many ancient varieties of wildflower including orchids C  amellia Walk and spring bulbs bursting into flower at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens S pring bulbs including snowdrops, daffodils & crocus at Tynley Hall Hotel Huge drifts of daffodils and fritillaries in the Lakefield at West Green House Garden Daffodils on the banks of the River Test and early spring bulb displays of hyacinths, crocus and narcissi at Houghton Lodge Gardens

April T  housands of striking tulips and peak blossom time at West Green House Garden Magnolias & Japanese flowering cherries in full glory across Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Magnolias, primroses, azaleas and rhododendrons at Exbury Gardens Mini tulip festival and blossom on the ancient apple trees and espaliers at Houghton Lodge Gardens

May  hododendrons, azaleas, bluebells R and wisteria at Exbury Gardens Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Centenary Border comes alive with thousands of plants including over 4,000 Alliums. Brentry Woodland, a must-see spectacle of fragrant Azaleas and Rhododendrons. The river of Iris sibirica ‘Papillon’ in the Garden of Five Bridges at West Green House Garden



T he scent of hundreds of roses at West Green House Garden Mottisfont is to the world-famous National Collection of old fashioned roses, flowering once a year in June. Best time to see Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Bog Garden, Himalayan Valley and informal stream edged with Candelabra Primulas H  istoric Roses, many dating from the Eighteenth Century at Gilbert White’s House I ris and Water Gardens, candelabra primulas and sterwartias at Exbury Gardens The fragrant peony walk is in its prime, sweet peas and perennials in the herbaceous border at Houghton Lodge Gardens

July S ummer Lane Gardens, herbaceous borders and wild flowers at Exbury Gardens 250 metres of colour and drama in the Centenary Border - appearances from Red Hot Pokers, Echinacea and Crocosmia at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens B  eautiful roses and meadow at Tynley Hall Hotel The famous opera season - West Green House Garden R  ose arbour walkway ‘American pillar rose’. ‘Dancing swan’ anenomes, alliums in the peacock garden at Houghton Lodge Gardens.

August See the picturesque Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens Enjoy the Pond banked by lush foliage of Swamp Cypress, bold herbaceous and giant Gunnera at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens C  olourful perennials in the walled garden at West Green House Garden R  ainbow of colour in the annual wild flower meadows, and red, purple and orange dahlias in the herbaceous borders at Houghton Lodge Gardens.



Herbaceous beds and exotic blooms at Exbury Gardens H  istoric Apples in September/ October, many varieties not commonly grown today at Gilbert White’s House and Houghton Lodge Gardens Heather Garden, awash with pretty purple hues. Perennials at their peak on the Centenary Border at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Mottisfont is bathed in red, gold and orange every autumn Fruit trees at Tynley Hall Hotel Late season asters and dahlias nestle amongst the neat box hedges at West Green House Garden Closing the season at Houghton Lodge Gardens with an Apple Fayre

October T ime for the apple harvest in the old orchard and potager - West Green House Garden 180 acres and 100’s of Champion Trees ablaze with stunning autumn colour at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Autumn colour, waterside maples, national collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum at Exbury Gardens

November The season of autumn fruits and berries, national collections include Cotoneaster, Photinia and Ligustrum at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

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T  he Winter Garden at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is over 4 acres of plants showing off their bold colours and incredible scents Explore the woodland and topiary at Tynley Hall Hotel The perfect time to experience Mottisfont’s vibrant winter gardens with bright stems and winter-flowering shrubs

February H  ellebores are in full flower at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens plus drifts of Snowdrops and carpets of Cyclamen. View the winter borders at Tynley Hall Hotel

Year Round Marwell Zoo: The Yew hedges are trimmed each year for their cancer beating properties and collected by Limehurst to be used as treatment. Tudor House & Garden: Join the monthly ‘tea and tours’, where you will be guided around the property, finishing with a delicious cream tea in our café which overlooks our beautiful Tudor knot garden. Call for more details..


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Tudor House & Garden

Basing House Walled Garden & Lady of the House Garden Visit Basing House’s recreated Jacobean knot garden and the new lovingly restored Lady of the House garden. 1 March – 31 Oct, 11am – 4pm, Mon – Thurs & weekends. Closed Fridays. Location: Basing House, Barton’s Lane, Old Basing, RG24 8AE.

The Allen Gallery, Alton The garden is a mixture of herbaceous and shrub borders as well as raised beds and has been planned so that there is something of interest at all times of the year. Location: The Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton GU34 2BW Call: 01420 82802

Westbury Manor Museum The garden contains many of the features associated with Victorian gardens such as a Cottage Garden, Ribbon Borders, circular island beds, Rose Beds and Rose arbour, gravel walks, urns, and a sundial. Location: Westbury Manor Museum, West Street, Fareham PO16 0JJ Call: 01329 822063

Pocock Roses

Growers of a wide range of garden roses. Distillers of fine quality rosewater which is sold in our shop along with our Absolute Rose skincare range and famous Turkish Delight. Location: Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA

The garden has been created to provide a fascinating glimpse of ornamental garden features and fashion from the period. In the 1980s it was re-planned by garden designer Dr. Sylvia Landsberg, and planted to recreate how it may have been in the 1500s, with formal pathways and low hedges forming an intricate ‘knot’ design, interwoven with plants. Location: Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2AD

023 8083 4536

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Staunton Country Park

A historic walled garden to a maze and tranquil sensory garden, there’s lots to explore. The Victorian glasshouse is full of tropical plants and a giant Amazon waterlily. Location: Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB

023 9245 3405 |

Houghton Lodge Gardens Grade II* listed gardens surround an enchanting 18th century Cottage Orné. With informal and formal gardens, Walled Garden with espaliers, themed herb garden, wildflower beds and Orchid House. Enjoy 14 acres of meadows and walks along the River Test, meet resident Alpacas and Topiary “Dragon”. Daisy’s of Houghton Tea House and art exhibitions. Open daily 10-5 pm, incl weekends. 1st March-30th September. The walled garden may sometimes be closed for weddings. Check website for details. Location: Stockbridge, SO21 6LQ

01264 810063 |

Exbury Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, worldfamous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape

the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. A 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Children will love the adventure play area and looking at all the wildlife that we have! Top the day off with an icecream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms.

Location: Exbury, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ

02380 891203 | |

Stansted Park Edwardian house, walled gardens with maze, arboretum & tearoom, plus 1700 acres of parkland & forest to explore. Grounds are open all year round. Location: Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DX

Haskins Garden Centre

Destination Garden Centre with everything you need for your garden and lifestyle plus restaurant serving best of British fayre. Location: Gaters Hill, Mansbridge Rd, West End, Southampton, SO18 3HW

02380 472324 |

Formal Garden at Marwell Zoo Located behind Marwell Hall, Marwell Zoo’s fantastic Formal Garden includes a representation of three garden styles of the 16th and 17th century. With free access when you visit the zoo, you’ll enjoy a stroll around their knot, parterre and kitchen gardens and become acquainted with both the plants and their uses. Location: Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JY

01962777407 | Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

The garden of the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White is a wonderful mix of Eighteenth Century landscape design, practicality and ingenuity. White was an enthusiastic gardener, whose personality can be seen in the garden today. The Museum enjoys 30 acres of garden and ancient parkland, with historic varieties of plants and produce, inspiring views, conservation and tranquility.

01420 511275 | @gilbertwhites Email:

West Green House Garden An historic 10 acre garden with a contemporary twist, revived by the acclaimed designer Marylyn Abbott. It’s renowned for colourful theatricality throughout the seasons. Surprises range from a chinoiserie chicken pavilion to a restored 18th century walled garden with its striking moongate. Topiary, follies, and water features await your discovery. Location: Thackham’s Lane, Hartley Wintney RG27 8JB

01252 844 611 Email:

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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier, this award winning Garden currently holds 14 National Plant collections, making it one of the world’s most important plant collections. Located in the beautiful Hampshire countryside you will find breath-taking beauty and tranquillity whatever the season. Location: Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA

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Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens

The extensive gardens of 26.7 ha (66 acres) have been lovingly restored by our Estate Manager Paul Tattersdill and his team for over 25 years. Visitors will be able to enjoy our water gardens, originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll, formal Italian Garden, Boathouse Lake, fine vista with one of the longest uninterrupted views in Hampshire, wide collection of rhododendrons and azaleas and much more. Location: Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9AZ

01256 764881 |

Jane Austen’s House Museum Garden

Although small, Jane Austen’s garden delights visitors all year round with an ever-changing array of medicinal herbs, plants for dyeing, vegetables, flowers and trees mentioned in Jane’s letters. Garden entry is free. Open: see website for details.


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Step across the crystal clear river and enter a little piece of paradise, with the sound of water never far away. Carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round. Location: Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP

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Gardens in Hampshire 2016  

Hampshire Highlights the Year of the English Garden as part of Visit England's national campaign to celebrate the English Garden. Designed a...