Gardens open around Alresford - July

More information on these gardens can be obtained from the NGS web site. Just enter the name of the garden and click search.

Teas will be available at the three Tea & Coffee Shops in Alresford - Tiffens (West Street), Courtyard Tea Room (Broad Street Arcade) and Caracoli (Broad Street) will be open for refreshments also.

Hinton Ampner Garden

Is open from 10.00 - 6.00 seven days a week. There are free guided tours of the garden every Tuesday afternoon. Other events
Meon Orchard, Kingsmead, N of Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AU

1½-acre garden designed and constructed by current owners. An exceptional range of rare, unusual and architectural plants incl National Collections of Eucalyptus. Dramatic foliage plants from around the world, both hardy and tender. Big bananas, huge taros, tree ferns, cannas, gingers and palms dominate in Sept, flowering shrubs in May/June and perennials in July. Streams and ponds plus an extensive range of planters complete the display. See plants you have never seen before.

Open: Sun 27 July (2-6)

Walbury Lower Froyle, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4LJ

One garden (1/3-acre) in 3 sections. All sections have a cottage-garden atmosphere in different styles. Each one is packed with plants in colour-themed borders incl many unusual plants. There are water features, an alpine house and fern walk

Open: Thur 3 July (2-5)


Dean House, Kilmeston, Hampshire

The 9 acres have been described as 'a well-kept secret hidden beside the elegant facade of its Georgian centrepiece' with mixed and herbaceous borders, symmetrical rose garden, pond garden, working walled garden and glasshouses, sweeping lawns, York stone and gravel pathways and many young and mature trees and hedges

Open: Wednesday 2, Sunday 15 July (10-4)


Berry Cottage, Farringdon, nr Alton, Hampshire

Small organic cottage garden with all-yr interest. Spring bulbs, roses, clematis and herbaceous borders. Pond and bog garden. Shrubbery and small kitchen garden

Open: Wednesday 2, Sun 20 July (2.30-6)


Walbury Lower Froyle, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4LJ

One garden (1/3-acre) in 3 sections. All sections have a cottage-garden atmosphere in different styles. Each one is packed with plants in colour-themed borders incl many unusual plants. There are water features, an alpine house and fern walk

Open: Thur 3 July (2-5)


Terstan, Longstock, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6DW

A country garden for the C21. Unusual plants, an ever-changing display of half-hardy specimens in pots, and an artist's eye for colour. Secluded and peaceful, with views to the R Test and the Hampshire Downs. Explore contrasting areas, linked by vistas, with a theme of circles and ovals.

Open: Sun 6 July(2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt May to Aug. Coaches by prior arrangement only
Hanging Hosta Garden, Narra, Frensham Lane, Lindford, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0QJ

This garden is packed with almost 2000 plants. The collection of over 1300 hosta cultivars is one of the largest in England. Hostas are displayed at eye level to give a wonderful tapestry of foliage and colour. Islamic garden, waterfall and stream garden, cottage garden. Talks given to garden clubs.

Open: Mon 7 to Fri 11, Mon 14 to Fri 18 July (10-4). Visitors also welcome by appt in July

Brick Kiln Cottage, The Avenue, Herriard, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2PR

Cottage garden in a bluebell wood. Woodland garden in 2-acres incl natural water feature, billabong, stumpery and ferny hollow. Tree house (children must be accompanied by an adult). Woodland walk

Open: Sunday 13 July (12-5)


The Thatched Cottage, Church Road, Upper Farringdon, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3EG
New Garden for 2014

A once neglected 1½-acre garden that has been lovingly restored over the last 2-yrs. Running south from a beautiful C16 thatched cottage the formal lawn and packed borders blend into more informal areas of perennial and shrub planting, to vegetables, fruit and wild flowers surrounding a gypsy caravan. Chickens ducks and guinea fowl

Open: Sun 20 July (2.30-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Mar to Sept for groups of 10+

Bramdean House, Bramdean, Hampshire

Traditional 6-acre garden on chalk, famous for mirror-image herbaceous borders. Carpets of bulbs, especially snowdrops, in the spring. Very many unusual plants incl collection of old-fashioned sweet peas. 1-acre kitchen garden featuring prizewinning vegetables, fruit and flowers

Open: Sunday 20 July (2-5) Bramdean House Garden Picture Gallery


Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Hampshire

12 acres; C20 shrub garden designed by Ralph Dutton. Strong architectural elements using yew and box topiary; spectacular views. Bold effects using simple plants, restrained and dramatic bedding. Orchard with spring wild flowers and bulbs within formal box hedges; magnolia and philadelphus walks. Dell garden made from chalk pit. Shrub rose border dating from 1950s. Walled garden now restored

Open: Saturday 12 July (11-5)


Crawley Gardens, nr Winchester, Hampshire

Exceptionally pretty village with thatched houses, C14 church and village pond. A different combination of gardens opens each month from April to July providing seasonal interest from gardens with varied character and style; most gardens benefit from fine country views. Enjoy the spring gardens at Paige Cottage and Gable Cottage, and the 3-acre traditional English country garden at Little Court with carpets of spring bulbs. In late spring and summer, other gardens join in, with traditional and contemporary approaches to landscape and planting, from the rill, pleached limes and prairie style borders at Bay Tree House, the colour-themed borders, herb wheel, and productive kitchen garden at Tanglefoot, with its traditional Victorian boundary wall, to the exuberant scramble of clematis, roses, jasmine and bee-loving plants at Barn Cottage. See the waterfalls at Gable Cottage and the grass labyrinth and tree house at Little Court which appeals to all ages!

Open: Thursday 10, Sunday 13 July (2 - 6.00). Note: not all gardens are open on all days; please see NGS website for details


Appletree House, Soberton, Droxford, Hampshire

Very popular, small romantic woodland garden with many varieties of clematis climbing through richly planted beds as well as over obelisks and arches. Meandering paths lead to views of the meadow beyond, and sitting areas afford vistas across the garden. The design belies the actual size: 40ft x 100ft

Open: Wed 9 July (12-4). Visitors also welcome by appointment.


The Down House, Itchen Abbas,Hampshire

2-acre garden developed by owners since 2001, laid out in rooms overlooking Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's Way, with walks through a large meadow to the river. Carpet of snowdrops and crocus, plus borders of coloured stems in winter. Roped rose garden, hot borders, wildlife pond and shady places in summer. Pleached hornbeams, yew-lined avenues, woodland nut and orchard walk. Working vineyard

Open: Wed 2 July(12 - 5)
Old Droxford Station, Station Road, Soberton, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 3QU
New Garden for 2014

A sympathetically restored railway station with wild flower garden in the former track. Established specimen trees, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Raised vegetable beds, greenhouse and a new orchard. Winston Churchill was based here before D Day.

Open: Sat 12, Sun 13 July (11-5)


The Dower House, Springvale Road, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7LD

5½-acres with easy paths, numerous seats, good views, colourful perennials, shrubs and mature trees (incl large Indian bean tree and cercis ‘Forest Pansy’). Large Geranium border overlooking grounds, bog garden, good pond with fish and water lilies, newly installed scented garden at entrance, small secret courtyard garden and excellent container planting on residents’ patios.

Open: Sun 13 July (2.30-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appt Mar to Sept for groups of 20-30

Tanglefoot (part of Crawley Gardens group), Crawley, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2QB

Designed and developed by owners since 1976, Tanglefoot’s ½-acre garden is a blend of influences, from Monet-inspired rose arch and small wildlife pond to Victorian boundary wall with trained fruit trees. Highlights include a raised lily pond, wild-flower meadow, herbaceous bed (a riot of colour later in the summer), herb wheel, large productive kitchen garden and unusual flowering plants

Open: Thur 24, Sun 27 July (2-5.30)


East Worldham Gardens, East Worldham, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3AE

A honey-pot of gardens. East Worldham Gardens offers a different combination of gardens with varied characters and styles and far-reaching views on each of the two openings. East Worldham Manor is a walled Victorian garden with restored greenhouses and rose garden. Gravel paths, wind through the garden. The Old Hop Kiln's terraced garden has free-flowing planting which complements the hard landscaping. A waterfall links the upper and lower levels. 'Selborne' has an old orchard providing dappled shade, metal and stone sculptures and mixed borders with a range of hardy geraniums. The garden at Silver Birches, redesigned from an overgrown jungle, offers mixed borders, fishpond, stream, rockery and rose garden. Wyck House's mature garden contains interesting shrubs and trees, roses, perennials, shady area and features a large collection of clematis. Hillseye, opening for the first time, is a mature garden with terrace, coloured themed borders, pergola, pond with fountain and knot garden.

Open: Sat 26, Sun 27 July (2-5.30)

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