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Open Open: all year (except Christmas and Boxing Day). Apr–Oct 10am– 6pm (last entry 5pm), Nov–Mar 10am–5pm (last entry 4pm).

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Jermyns Lane
Ampfield
Romsey
SO51 0QA

Signed from A3090 & A3057.

180 acres (72.8ha)

Tel
01794 369318

Visit website

Admission

Please see website for more details.

RHS members

Free Access (Member 1 only): applies Jan–Feb 2018.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Award winner
  • Bog garden
  • Champion trees
  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Colour themed borders
  • Gravel garden
  • Herbaceous border
  • National Plant Collections
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Wolfgang Bopp

Owned by Hampshire County Council under the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens charitable trust. Ignore the word 'gardens' - this is quite the most important modern arboretum in the UK. It is home to an amazing collection of more than 400 Champion Trees and 14 National Collections.

It has a collection of more than 12,000 taxa of wild and cultivated woody plants set in 73ha (180a), totalling 42,000 plants. The arboretum was established in 1953 by the late Sir Harold Hillier - Hillier's Nursery aimed at the time to offer for sale every cultivar of every tree or shrub that was hardy in the British Isles. 

There are many features to be found in the garden that includes the collection of poplar trees called the Populetum; more than 100 pines (Pinus species), including the 'big cone' pine P. coulteri whose cones may weigh as much as two kilos; a maple valley; the largest winter garden of its kind in Europe and a Gurkha memorial garden. It is the sheer number of trees and shrubs here that make the most lasting impression every time you visit.

The long established Winter Garden, now at four acres, is situated close to the Visitor Pavilion containing more than 650 different plants grown for their winter effect. It has been planted to show a wide range of plants that are at their best from November until March with a palette of dark, bold coloured stems, scent and foliage.

The garden also contains one of the longest mixed double perennial borders in Europe, the Centenary Border with herbaceous plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees.

Plants of special interest

  • Alpines
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit blossom
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

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