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Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey,
Hampshire, SO51 0QA




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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

All Year; Daily; last admission 1 hour before closing. April - Oct: 10am - 6pm. last admission 5pm Nov- March: 10am - 5pm. last admission 4pm Closed Christmas and Boxing day.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is famous for its arboretum and gardens - home to 14 National Collections, over 400 Champion Trees and 42,000 plants from temperate regions around the world. We have excellent facilities including a plant centre, gift shop, modern restaurant and a myriad of accessible pathways winding through our world renowned, 180 acre gardens. If you would like to combine your trip with a visit to another site, we are conveniently located just off the M3 & M27 with several other attractions on our doorstep. Catering for Groups - 120 seat modern Pavilion Restaurant - Victorian manor house Tea Rooms - Varied set menus available to pre-book - Traditional afternoon teas - Locally sourced & homemade food Group benefits - Special discounted admission rate - Free driver admission & refreshment voucher - Free coach parking - Easy drop off - Close to M3 (J11) & M27 (J3) - Nearby tourist attractions Pre-Booked Guided Tours* - Led by our expert guides - Foreign language guides available - Accessible pathways - Free colour map including details of plants of current interest - Wheelchairs/scooters - book in advance* - Available every day except – Christmas and Boxing Day Event highlights - Indoor photography/art/craft exhibitions - Outdoor concerts - Evening picnic concerts with early bird group discount prices* - Art in the Garden exhibition - Indoor floral displays - Gardenersu2019 breakfast* - Lantern guided tours* (All events subject to change, please check our website) *separate charges apply

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

A garden for all seasons, open throughout the year. Winter December - Fiery stem and bark colour in the Winter Garden and evergreens in stunning shades of grey, green, blue and yellow. January - The Winter Garden is over 4 acres and filled with plants at their beautiful best showing off their bold colours and incredible scents. February - Hellebores are in full flower and the Garden awash with drifts of Snowdrops and carpets of Cyclamen. Spring March - Dont miss Camellia Walk and spring bulbs bursting into flower. April - Magnolias & Japanese flowering cherries in full glory across the Gardens. May - Our iconic Centenary Border comes alive with thousands of plants including over 4,000 Alliums. Brentry Woodland, a must-see spectacle of fragrant Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Summer June - Best time to see our Bog Garden, Himalayan Valley and informal stream edged with Candelabra Primulas - one of the prettiest corners of the Gardens. Watch out for a kaleidoscope of color in the Centenary Border. July - 250 metres of colour and drama in the Centenary Border - appearances from Red Hot Pokers, Echinacea and Crocosmia. August - Enjoy the tranquility of the Pond banked by lush foliage of Swamp Cypress, bold herbaceous and giant Gunnera. Autumn September - Heather Garden, awash with pretty purple hues. Perennials at their peak on the Centenary Border. October - 180 acres and 100s of Champion Trees ablaze with stunning autumn color. November - The season of autumn fruits and berries, national collections include Cotoneaster, Photinia and Ligustrum.

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £10.40*; Children under 5 FREE, Children age 5-16 £2.40*, Family (2+2) £23.00*, Concessions £9.50*; Groups of 10+ £8.60pp. Guided tours for groups from £60. Membership: from £32pa (includes guess passes and entry to partner gardens) * Gift Aid Price

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Free onsite parking. Modern Visitor & Education Pavilion. All ability pathways for scooters and wheelchairs.

Garden Features & Events

Champion Trees Ghurka Memorial Garden Centenary Border (Over 250 metres long, the longest double border in the UK) Winter Garden (largest in Europe). Over 400 Champion Trees Nartional Collection: Carpinus - Hornbeams Cercidiphyllum - Katsura Tree Cornus - Dogwoods Corylus - Hazels Cotoneaster Hamamelis - Witch Hazels Hillier plants Hypericum Ligustrum - Privets Lithocarpus Metasequoia Photinia Pinus - Pines Quercus - Oaks

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

14 National plant collections, Carpinus - Hornbeams Cercidiphyllum - Katsura Tree Cornus - Dogwoods Corylus - Hazels Cotoneaster Hamamelis - Witch Hazels Hillier plants Hypericum Ligustrum - Privets Lithocarpus Metasequoia Photinia Pinus - Pines Quercus - Oaks

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
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Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Romsey has a selection of pubs, restaurants and hotels. Winchester is close by, with popular attractions such as Winchester Cathedral.

Description of Garden

The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is world famous for its arboretum and gardens. Set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside this garden paradise is stunning whatever the season.

Established by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier in 1953, it is now home to 14 National Collections, over 450 Champion Trees and 42,000 plants from temperate regions and is one of the most important modern plant collections in the world. Open throughout the year, every part of the Gardens offers beauty, discovery and inspiration through the seasons. Outstanding attractions include: a Pond and Bog Garden, our iconic 250 metre long summer double border and one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe.

History Of Garden

The garden was established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier.

Sir Harold Hillier was born into horticulture and from an early age spent his childhood building an encyclopaedic knowledge of the plant world. In 1952, he purchased Jermyn's House, an 18th century manor house surrounded by 40 acres of fertile land. It was here that he was able to create his garden for all seasons - a personal 'stamp collection' of rare plants from all over the world. Over the next 30 years Sir Harold Hillier's avid pursuit of horticultural expansion took him to all corners of the globe and he introduced a stunning range of new and rare species from as far afield as Japan, Korea, Mexico and South Africa. Keen to ensure that his unique collection was not lost, he formed a charitable trust and, in 1977, gifted the Gardens to Hampshire County Council.