Gardens open around Alresford - September

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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 until 30 November 2013 seven days a week. There are free guided tours of the garden every Tuesday afternoon. Other events

Berry Cottage, Farringdon, nr Alton, Hampshire

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

Open: Wed 3 Sept (2.30-6) Meon Orchard, Kingsmead, N of Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AU

1-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 7 Sept (2-6)

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 21 September (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 6 September (10-6)

Bere Mill, London Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NH

In a beautiful setting beside the R Test, with carriers and large lake next to restored SSSI water meadow, grazed by Welsh Mountain sheep, lambs and Belted Galloway cattle. Riverside walks, species tulips, Japanese prunus, peonies, wisteria collection, roses, bog garden at its best in autumn. Double perennial beds and swamp cypress avenue. Eastern influence incl Japanese Tea House, many different riverside irises and unique bridges.

Open: Sun 14 Sept (1.30-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Oct for groups of 10+ with a talk about the garden

Farleigh House, nr Basingstoke, Hampshire

Contemporary garden of great tranquillity designed by Georgia Langton, surrounded by wonderful views. 3-acre walled garden in three sections: ornamental potager, formal rose garden and wild rose garden. Greenhouse full of exotics, serpentine yew walk, contemplative pond garden and lake with planting for wildlife. Approx 10 acres and 1 hour to walk around

Open: Sunday 21 September, (2-5)

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 14 September (2-5).

Hill Top, Damson Hill, Upper Swanmore, Hampshire, SO32 2QR

2-acres with extensive colourful borders and wide lawns, this garden has stunning views to the Isle of Wight. The glasshouses produce unusual fruit and vegetables from around the world. The outdoor vegetable plots bulge with well-grown produce, much for sale on the day. Potted specimen plants and interesting annuals.

Open: Sat 20, Sun 21 Sept (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt June to Sep.


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