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.
¾-acre. Azaleas, bog garden, camellias, dogwoods, erythroniums, free-range bantams, geraniums, hostas, irises, jasmines, kitchen garden, landscaping began in 1950, maintained by owners, new planting, osmunda, ponds, quiz for children, rhododendrons, sun and shade, trilliums, unusual plants, viburnums, wildlife areas, exuberant foliage, year-round interest, zantedeschia
Open: Sun 4, Mon 5, Sun 11, Mon 12 May (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt Apr to May
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: Sundays 25 May (2.30-6)
Rotherfield Park, East Iisted, Hampshire
Take some ancient ingredients: ice house, ha-ha, lime avenue; add a walled garden, fruit and vegetables, trees and hedges; set this 12-acre plot in an early C19 park (picnic here from noon) with views to coin clichés about. Mix in a bluebell wood and grass amphitheatre
Open: Sun 4 May (2-5, picnic in the park from noon)
'Selborne', Caker Lane, East Worldham, Hampshire, GU34 3AE
Full of surprises, this ½-acre mature garden features an old established orchard of named varieties. Meandering paths provide views across farmland. Mixed borders of hardy geraniums and other herbaceous plants and shrubs. Soft fruit garden, containers, metal and stone sculpture. A garden to relax in. Enjoy tea sitting in the dappled shade of the orchard. Summerhouses and conservatory provide shelter.
Open: Sat 10, Sun 11 May (2-5)
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 11 May (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt May to Aug. Coaches by prior arrangement only
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:Sun 11, Tue 13 May (2-5.30)
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 11 May (12-5)
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: Sunday 11, Tuesday 13 May Note: not all gardens are open on all days; please see NGS website for details
Delightful plant lover's garden with coloured foliage and unusual plants, giving a tapestry effect of texture and colour. Many hostas displayed in pots. The garden is laid out in distinctive planting themes with seating areas to sit and contemplate. In May, magnificent wisteria over a pergola with flowers 3ft-4ft long; in June many clematis scramble through roses followed by phlox in July.
Open: Sat 17, Sun 18 May (1.30-5). Visitors also welcome by appt May to July for groups of 10+
Weir House, Abbotstone Road, Old Alresford, Hampshire
Spectacular riverside garden. Contemporary vegetable and cut-flower garden incorporating many different crops, surprising uses for scaffolding and painters' ladders and sculptures by Mark Merer. Children can use the playground at their own risk. Newly designed pool garden.
Open: Sunday 25 May (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 28 May (12-5)