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Hillier Garden in Spring

Hillier Gardens & Arboretum near Winchester | best time to visit

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum are lovely in every season.

As Spring arrives the Hillier Garden near Winchester bursts with an explosion of colour. There is much to see along Spring Walk with Camellias, Rhododendrons and Magnolias.
In the summer the long herbaceous borders come into their own with wonderful and varied displays lasting into October.
The garden is beautiful at any time and colours continue in October and November with Autumn  tints everywhere.
Then visit in the Winter to see the Winter Garden which is stunning with, daphne, witch hazel, dogwood, grasses and other colourful plants.
The Hillier Gardens cover 180 acres, 12,000 different species and 40,000 plants. 14 National collections. Herbaceous and bog gardens. You will need the best part of a day here.
This is one of our favourite Spring Gardens and if you do not live nearby it is worth staying locally as we also like Furzey Gardens on the edge of the New Forest.
A new work of all ability pathways. Café and Restaurant. Only registered assistance dogs.

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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Opening Times - see latest information by visiting website.
Open daily, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Visitor centre including café, art gallery and shop. Workshops, exhibitions and events throughout the year. See website for other information. Groups and tours available by pre-booking.


  • When is the best time to visit the Hillier Garden?
    The Hillier Garden and Arboretum is great all year round with plenty to see and enjoy but Spring is probably our favourite time to visit.
  • How long should we allow for our visit?
    You could easily spend all day here, but we would say the minimum is an afternoon or morning.
  • Are there other gardens nearby?
    Yes - you are only 20 minutes drive from Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens and Houghton Lodge Gardens.


  • Telephone: 01794 368787
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Street: Jermyns Lane
  • Postcode: SO51 0QA
  • City: Ampfield, Romsey
  • County: Hampshire
  • Country: United Kingdom


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