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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

If you’re a gardener and a lover of plants then a visit to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is a real treat! In fact they have just won their 71st consecutive Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - so it goes without saying they really know what they are talking about when it comes to plants. With plenty of children’s play features and fantastic willow sculptures around the gardens, it is also makes for a great family day out.

Hillier launched three new plants at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show:

  • Acer ‘Moonrise’
  • Lavandula ‘Silver Line’
  • Hydrangea ‘Kanmara’ – exclusive to Hillier

Sir Harold Hillier was a well-known horticulturist who grew up working in, and eventually running, the family business ‘Hillier Nurseries’. He developed his own important collection of plants which he grew at his 72 hectare Hillier’s arboretum near Romsey. He went on to donate Hillier’s Gardens to Hampshire Country Council in 1977 as a gift. The gardens are run by the council and are known as the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and they are on the Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. For up-to-date visiting times and admission prices check their website.

Hillier’s Gardens are extensive and divided into different areas so you might just want to cover specific areas depending on your interests and the time of year. Here is a selection:

  • Acer Valley and Pinetum
  • Ampfield Wood Valley (with pigs sometimes in residence)
  • The Bog Garden
  • Brentry Woodland (a vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas)
  • Centenary Border (the UK’s longest double border)
  • Gurka Memorial Garden and Himalayan Valley
  • Heather Garden
  • Hydrangea Walk
  • Hypericum Trail
  • Magnolia Avenue
  • Meadow
  • National Collection Glade
  • Peony Border
  • The Pond
  • Spring Walk (Camellias and Rhododendrons)
  • Ten Acres (includes Magnolias and daffodils and specimen trees and shrubs)
  • Three Acre Paddock (provides autumn colour)
  • Winter Garden
  • Wisteria Border

Where to Stay

If you are visiting the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and other houses and gardens in the area, the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is the perfect place to stay. With slick, stylish accommodation and the well renowned Solstice Bar & Grill - you are sure to have a comfortable and relaxing stay.