These impressive gardens are a must for horticulturists and even for those who aren’t!
Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AZ
This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquility in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Discover Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways.
Look out for during your visit; It’s always worth a look at the spectacular and amazing Wiggly tree (Platanus orientalis) with its huge trunk and sprawling branches. It was planted circa 1730 around the same time as the enormous Lebanon Cedar (Cedrus libani) in the Home Wood Glade.
Updated Last; 10th October 2014.
154 Burley Road, Bransgore BH23 8DB
Woodland walks and Nursery open to the public all year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year Day). Free entry and Car Parking.
Lymore Lane, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington SO41 0TX
Off the beaten track, Braxton Gardens has undergone a complete makeover by the new owners, Sarah and Si. There’s plenty to see and buy. The Muffins Galore tea room even offers a “cakes to order” service. Open Tuesday – Sunday with free parking.
School Lane, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GL
Small but very worthwhile public gardens set in the heart of the rural New Forest. Allow a good half day for a relaxed visit.