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“Not as interesting as it could be”

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Romsey
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

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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Reviewed 18 July 2014

If there is "heaven on earth" then Hilliers is it. I adore it. peaceful .quiet.no crowds-if you avoid the restaurant.Walking off the beaten track -alone-is a marvellous experience. As is visiting with grandson and exploring trees ,bushes,streams and bamboo.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

The grounds were breath taking with a beautiful pond and lovely statues all around. We had a guide with our school trip and he was truly passionate about the gardens... lovely to see such enthusiasm. We pond dipped and colour hunted using paint charts and walked on the wobbly bridge and generally explored nature for a whole day. Lovely herb garden , just wander in and brush against! A great day and the children learned loads!

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

A delightful 180 acre garden. The delphiniums in the Centenary garden were absolutely wonderful. There is plenty to see and do here so allow a full day. Good paths - in the woodland area over the road the paths are not so firm so walking trainers might be adviseable The school parties visiting all seemed to be enjoying themselves with the garden's education staff. We will certainly return for a visit to these gardens especially when the rhododendrons are out. Cafe clean and staff helpful and attentive. You can use you 2 for 1 Gardeners' World card here.

1  Thank John H
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

A friend recommended these gardens and we spent a lovely few hours there. The Centenary Border was stunning. There were so many different areas (acers, heathers, water garden etc) that these gardens must be worth visiting at any time of year. When we visited there was also a sculpture exhibition dotted around the gardens.

1  Thank HartleyMags
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