Think of a typical English garden and what springs to mind? A hidden enclosed sanctuary of wildlife blended with vibrant flowers, trees and shrubs laying aside perfectly manicured green lawns, pebbled paths, impressive water features and even the odd gnome! Well 2016 is the Year of the English Garden, celebrating the 300th anniversary of England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot Capability Brown.
The famous British landscape architect changed the face of eighteenth century England designing gardens and landscapes at some of the countrys grandest stately homes including Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Highclere Castle, Burghley, Weston Park and Compton Verney, heavily influencing every landscape gardener and landscape architect since!
Whether it’s the brand new blooms of spring, summer’s riotous colours, the golden falls of autumn or winter’s frosty majesty, England’s gardens are always spectacular and Hampshire has its own flora and fauna in abundance. Come and visit for a celebration of the country garden and don’t worry, youll be forgiven if you sing the words of the popular folk song by Jimmie Rodgers, In an English Country Garden as you meander through the colourful gardens that England has to offer.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Jermyns Ln, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA
Outstanding 180 acre garden for all seasons including 250m Centenary Border, Hydrangea Walk, Azalea Woodland, Winter Garden, Himalayan Valley and more.
Mottisfont National Trust
Mottisfont Ln, Romsey SO51 0LP
Mottisfont is a romantic house and art gallery set in beautiful gardens beside the River Test.
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AZ
The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (100 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododenrons and azaleas with a steam train which will delight visitors of all ages.