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Open 10am–5pm; Wed–Sat; 1 Apr–30 Jun. Visits at other times by appointment.
Pilley Lymington SO41 5QE
Signed off A337 between Brockenhurst & Lymington.
2.5 acres (1ha)
Tel 01590 612196
Non-member adult £5
Free access applies throughout open period.
About the garden
Andrew & Victoria Roberts
This Hampshire garden is known for its peaceful woodland garden. Set on the edge of the New Forest, it hosts 1ha (2.5 acres) of rare trees and shrubs underplanted with unusual shade lovers. It has a pond, bog garden, small arboretum and a nursery specializing in woodland perennials. In early spring the woodland floor comes alive with erythroniums, trilliums and anemonies among other perennial treasures which disappear as the leaves arrive on the upper canopy of mature oaks.
The camellias are out as early as February and are followed by pieris and kalmia with bolder colour provided by rhododendrons and azaleas. Down in the small arboretum, the magnolias and cornus put on a spring display with many new varieties recently added. There is a particularly fine M. ‘Leonard Messell’ standing above the front lawn. The garden was created for half century by well-known plantsman, Peter Chappell, and was then taken over eight years ago by Andrew and Vicky Roberts who are making their own mark. They have extended the garden, sorting out overgrown areas and adding new paths to the woodland. They have built a cedar-clad visitor’s cabin with viewing deck and seating area which sits just above a lovely specimen of Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’, one of the first to be planted in this country.
More recently they have built a serene contemporary home for themselves. They continue the tradition of adding plants that are chosen as much for their leaves as for their flowers, giving interest over a longer period. In the nursery the focus is now on woodland perennials which are propagated for the garden as well as for visitors looking for something different. Although the garden is small there is plenty to see for the keen plantsman.
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