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The Winter Garden at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

If you think winter seems a dull time for garden visiting, take a walk through the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, near Romsey in Hampshire, on a frosty December morning - it's sure to change your mind.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake/Hampshire County Council

Feature No:   1240 

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In the three acre Winter Garden, one of the largest in Europe, vibrant colour, strong shapes, every texture imaginable and fragrances both sweet and spicy assail the visitor at every turn from beds and borders planted with more than 650 different plants chosen for their winter effects. As deciduous trees and shrubs let go of the last of their tired leaves and herbaceous plants retreat below ground to wait for spring there are many that put on their best show at this time of year and the Winter Garden orchestrates them brilliantly delighting the senses and lifting the spirit. Sited near the Visitor and Education Pavilion the Winter Garden is just a small part of the Sir Harold Hillier gardens which extends to a total of 180 acres. Sir Harold was born into a family of horticulturalists, was an avid collector of trees and shrubs, building a large collection from contacts made with gardens all over the world. Sir Harold bought Jermyn's House in Ampfield near Romsey in 1952 with 65 acres of land with the intention of creating a permanent home for his collection, and over succeeding years purchased additional land. Open all year round.



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