Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

A couple of weeks ago I popped along for the first time to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at nearby Romsey. I fell completely in love with the gardens and my thoughtful family bought me an annual membership for Mother's Day so I'll be visiting a lot more from now on. The gardens already looks great, I cannot wait to see what Summer brings. Here's some of my favourite parts from my first visit.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is one of the largest collections of hardy trees and shrubs in the world. Among its outstanding features are the splendour of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.
PLants of current interest at SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

PLants of current interest at SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

POND AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

POND AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

POnd at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

POnd at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in March

Although I visited alone it struck me how much Kitty and Ozzy would enjoy visiting too. The bog garden area with it's wooden walkways and platform, the weavings and little bridge and countless perfect picnic spots make these gardens fun for children. Definitely on our Easter holidays days out list. 

Bog garden  AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Bog garden  AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Blossom on the trees was the prefect sign of Spring but the real show-stealer for me was the huge variety of camellias - pink sunshine!

Camellia at SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Camellia at SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

CAMELLIA AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS 

SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS 

Hellebores  AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Hellebores  AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Volunteers  AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

Volunteers  AT SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS IN MARCH

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENs

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENs

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

The Children’s Education Garden was created to enhance the education programmes provided by the Gardens’ Education Service and is unique as school students were involved in its design as well as in its construction. Students continue to be involved in its maintenance, learning as they work. Join us on our popular school visits or family learning days.

A workshop room enables children to get their hands into the soil to grow their own vegetables and learn about composting. Generous grants have enabled continuing developments including a giant spider and other art projects, bird feeders and bird boxes with cameras.
— Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

And on the way out, a final burst of colour from the gardens shop...

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

 SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS

Have you visited any local gardens lately? Where do you recommend?


Info

Sir Harold Hiller Gardens website

Opening times
April–October 10am–6pm (last entry 5pm)
November–March 10am–5pm (last entry 4pm)
Open all year (except Christmas and Boxing Day)

Prices
Under 17s Free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Adult £9.50
Concession £8.60 (Seniors, job seekers, full-time students and people with disabilities)
Groups (10+) £7.70 per person
Guided Tours £60 standard

Dogs
Only guide and hearing dogs are allowed in the Gardens.

Location

 
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