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A Trip to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Nr Romsey


As it was one of the best days, weather-wise, for some time, we decided to go to Hillier Gardens for the afternoon. Armed with our Bogof voucher off we went.

On arrival we parked up and set off to enter the gardens.

First stop was the Centenary Border, we were lucky to see it at its best. Plenty of colour and plants that we have in our own garden.

Next onto the Hydrangea Walk. We didn’t know there were so many varieties!!

We stopped to listen to a String Quartet for a few minutes.

Then on the the Acer Valley, the area of the gardens I had been most looking forward to see.

After the Acer Valley, we then did a final lap of the gardens, looking at the magnificent views and a look at the pond.

The leaves of the Gunnera in the Bog Garden were at least 5’ across. The garden is also full of art works, which added interest to our visit.

So, a first for us and somewhere we will most definitely return. I would love to see the Acer Valley in the Autumn.

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That was lovely Paul. Beautiful photographs and beautiful place, reminds me a little of Exbury. Although I live so near have never actually been round the arboretum. I really must make an effort to go there. Thanks for sharing your visit.

8 Aug, 2010


Got a BOGOF for the gardens if it is of any use to you.

8 Aug, 2010


How long is it for Paul, as I wont be able to go this week. Otherwise, yes please.

8 Aug, 2010


Until March next year.

8 Aug, 2010


Oh lovely, thanks very much. Have to get together again then. Unless you want to post it.

8 Aug, 2010


Is he the Hillier who complied the famous 'tree' book, Paul? It looks like a wonderful place to visit. :-)

9 Aug, 2010


It is so nice being able to see all the lovely places thay G.o.Yers go to visit.It all looks so nice especially the Hydrangea's.

9 Aug, 2010


lovely pics and tour Tog, glad you had a good afternoon there, love the acers to, saw a huge one in ambleside today, fantastic arent they,, keeping my gunnera in pot after seeing them leaves lol, lovely blog thanx ;o))

9 Aug, 2010


I think he is spritz. Sir Harold Hillier started the arboretum there - it is now run by Hampshire County Council. And Roy Lancaster started his career there I believe.
PS. The Garden Centre next door isn't bad either ;-)

9 Aug, 2010


Sorry, been off line for a day, Spritz, Andrew is correct on all counts. Thanks Andrew.
Thanks all of you for your nice comments.

10 Aug, 2010


Thank you for the tour of such a lovely garden. Has it been open long? It looks to be very well kept, and well worth a visit. Lovely.

12 Aug, 2010


Opened in the 1950's, if you are down this way well worth a visit.

12 Aug, 2010


What fantastic gardens, thanks for sharing your photos. :o)

22 Aug, 2010


Ive read about this place, and your blog makes it a must see! Thanks OG. Smashing pics, great borders, fab hydrangeas..and guess we ought to go about now!

9 Oct, 2010

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