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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire

The award winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is famous the world over. In 1977 Sir Harold left the Gardens under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council. It is now run as a charity under the remit of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. Among its outstanding features are the splendours of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.We have an excellent cafe and restaurant but also lots of picnic tables in the grounds.
There are many events taking place throughout the year and we are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Westleigh Farm, Westleigh, Lydeard St Lawrence 26 May 2019

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice A stunning two acre garden, set amongst the Grade 2 listed Georgian Farmhouse and stone barns. Steps lead onto grass terraces and borders bursting with flowering shrubs and perennials, plus a productive vegetable garden. The rill, ponds and a stream attract many wildlife visitors, with the garden stretching far beyond the garden walls to ancient flowering meadows and a recently replanted orchard.

By Appointment in June 2019 The Old Vicarage , Leigh, Dorset

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice throughout June, you are invited to take a scenic stroll around the beautiful garden at the Old Vicarage.

You will be able soak up the idyllic views, and wander through the exquisite rose garden. After a leisurely walk around the pond, you can relax in our summerhouse with a cup of tea and slice of cake , included in the entry price.

As pet friendly care home of the year, your four legged friends are very welcome to join you on leads !

Parking and WC on site

Open Garden in aid of St Margarets Hospice - Broadleigh Gardens

Open throughout the year, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm for a £2.50 charity donation.

Over the past 30 years, the five acre gardens and nursery at Broadleigh Gardens have become well established and are a major attraction to our visiting customers. Specialising in bulbs, there is always colour in the garden, which also includes many foliage and structural plants and sculptures.

Willet Farm,Willet, Lydeard St Lawrence- In Aid of St Margarets Hospice

Open by appointment from may 2019 - September 2019 , Willet Farm, Willet, Lydeard St Lawrence - call Ann White on 01984 667486 to book
A gorgeous traditional Victorian style farmhouse garden, featuring a vegetable patch and beautiful colourful flower borders over-look the rolling West Somerset Countryside,

Approx.3/4 of an acre in size, offering both beautiful gardens and spectacular scenery, including a hay meadow.

Please do call to arrange visits
Entry Fee: £3 Parking Onsite Toilet and refreshments available

regret no dogs or wheelchair access

Postbox Cottage, West Bagborough

Open by appointment in aid of St Margaret's Hospice for groups up to 25, from April through to October,Postbox Cottage West Bagborough - call Martin Jones on 01823 430579 to book

This stunning 1.5 acre garden on the Quantocks has been planted for all year round interest and offers superb views over the famous Quantock Hills.


A cottage garden with colour themed borders, pleached limes and hidden gems, leading over a chalk stream to a shady area which has some unusual plants. Plenty of areas just to sit and enjoy the wildlife. Wire bird sculptures by local artist.

Open for the NGS: Thursday 7th September, 2pm-5pm. Admission £4, children free. Cream teas. Visitors also welcome by arrangement.


Wudston House

Nick Macer and James Hitchmough (who pioneered flower meadows at the 2012 Olympic Park) have been extensively involved in this developing garden, started in 2010 following completion of the house, with formal gardens, a perennial meadow, pinetum and an arboretum.

Open for the NGS: Sunday 27th August, 2pm-5pm. Admission £10, children free, with home- made teas included in admission. Pre-booking essential, please visit or phone 01483 211535 for information & booking. Partial wheelchair access.

National Trust Croome, nr Worcester open all year

Described as one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest English landscapes Croome is the perfect place to escape the crowds. Acres of parkland peppered with statues, temples and follies await your discovery with the lake a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the tranquility or perhaps enjoy a stroll along the river.

The court, the centrepiece of Croome’s great estate and seat of the Coventry family for more than 600 years, tells its story in new and inventive ways with exhibitions and installations.


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