The beautiful Hampshire gardens that would make a perfect Mother’s Day treat
This Sunday (March 27) is a time set aside to celebrate the mother figures in our lives and show our appreciation for all they do.
There are many ways to treat your mom, whether it’s a handmade card, a visit to the spa, or dinner at her favorite restaurant. But across Hampshire there are also beautiful gardens open to visitors at this time of year, which would be the perfect spot for a day out.
From the Tudor-inspired setting of The Vyne to the dramatic grounds surrounding Hinton Ampner, there’s no shortage of exotic flower gardens and woodland wildlife. Many gardens are also surrounded by waterside promenades or tree-lined paths, so there’s plenty for active moms to do.
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But for those who want a more relaxing day, many gardens have cafes and tea rooms where patrons can buy a delicious cake or dine with a celebratory afternoon tea. Whatever your preference, the natural beauty of Hampshire Gardens is not to be missed.
Below is a list of 10 of the most beautiful gardens in and around Hampshire.
1. Exbury Gardens
Address: Summer Alley, Exbury, SO45 1AZ
Perfect for a spring visit, these gardens are home to a world famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas as well as a display of camellias, magnolias and spring bulbs at Daffodil Meadow. Mr Eddy’s restaurant and the Old Tennis Court Café are available for refreshments.
2. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Address: Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, SO51 0QA
These gardens are home to 14 national collections, over 600 champion trees and 42,000 plants. In the spring, magnolias, Japanese cherry blossoms, azaleas and rhododendrons are all on display and the Pavilion Restaurant & Tea Rooms is open for dinner.
3. Furzey Gardens
Address: School Lane, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7GL
The 10-acre woodland gardens include an award-winning RHS Chelsea Gold garden, a peaceful lake, children’s play areas and a cafe.
4. Hinton Ampner House and Garden
Address: Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, Alresford, SO24 0LA
The gardens at Hinton Ampner consist of informal plantings in pastel colors and a recently restored walled garden. There are also spectacular views of the South Downs National Park and forest walks around the property. Meanwhile, the tea room offers a selection of light bites and cream teas for the end of your scenic tour.
5. Stansted House
Address: Stansted Park, Rowland Castle, PO9 6DX
The grounds and walled gardens are open all year round and, because the grounds are managed to conserve wildlife habitats, Stansted is home to a variety of unusual birds, plants and insects. The Arboretum, Pavilion Tearoom, Stansted Park Garden Center and Stansted Park Farm Shop are all great places to stroll.
6. Queen Eleanor Garden
Address: The Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8PJ
Named after Queen Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III, Winchester Gardens include a fountain, chamomile lawn, tunnel arbor and stone seating. Guided tours are available if you book in advance.
7. West Greenhouse Gardens
Address: Thackhams Lane, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8JB
This historic garden has a modern twist with a Persian-style water garden, elegant fruit cages and hundreds of fragrant plants bringing an explosion of color. The eight acres of land consist of woodland walks and seasonal meadow in the Lakefield.
8. Uppark House and Garden
Address: South Harting, Petersfield, GU31 5QR
The 17th century National Trust house has a collection of flowering shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants in a woodland setting. Situated high in the South Downs, the property also has stunning countryside views.
9. Le Vyne
Address: Vyne Road, Sherborne, St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9HL
This Tudor mansion which once counted Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Horace Walpole and Jane Austen as guests also boasts 13 acres of beautiful gardens. Highlights include a formal summer house, century-old trees, a medieval fishpond, and a lush orchard.
10. Houghton Lodge Gardens
Address: Houghton Lodge, North Houghton, Stockbridge, SO20 6LQ
Houghton Lodge and Gardens is located in the heart of the Test Valley and includes a traditional vegetable garden, apple orchard, herb garden and a border full of spring flowers. Cream teas and freshly baked cakes are available for purchase at Honesty Tea Rooms.
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