I had presumed that the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens would be very worthwhile visiting. However, my initial reaction, on arriving at the entrance and café, was that this was a very commercial operation. Oh well, the garden mat still be spectacular. We headed for the perennial border which has recently been restructured . It is very nicely laid out with diagonal paths cutting at intervals through the borders. The planting looks good but is fairly repetitive so lacks lasting impact. Labelling is fairly good.
The garden hosts some national tree collections which are interesting in so far as showing the wide range of species in the genera. There are lots of paths which are generally pleasant without being exciting and a very nice pond.
There was also a large amount of sculpture displayed within the garden, all for sale but at some fairly hefty prices. Some were very nice but were usually well outside my price range,
We finished off with a trip to the café where there appeared to be little pride in the service offered.
Overall a bit of a disappointment as it was an outing to which I was greatly looking forward and I expected better. All a bit of a shame as Sir Harold Hillier was and still is a great name in the gardening world and the book on trees and shrubs is a classic. The original firm was responsible for many new introductions.
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