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New Forest Gardens
2019

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, a total of £55 million has been donated to nursing and health charities, and a record annual donation of £3.1 million was made in 2018. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme is now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen's Nursing Institute.

Find out here about New Forest Gardens open to the public. Further details, including a full description of each garden, the latest opening dates and times, directions, admission charges, etc, can be found on the National Garden Scheme website - please refer to these prior to visiting.

And please don't forget Furzey Gardens at Minstead - these gardens are open to the public as part of a social enterprise supporting people with learning disabilities.

Exbury Gardens are well worth a visit, too, and Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House Gardens also offer much for the visitor to enjoy.

New Forest Gardens - 2019

Apple Court Garden and Nursery, Hordle Lane, Hordle, Lymington, SO41 0HU
Open on Tuesday 10th, 24th September, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Apple Court Garden and Nursery
One acre, exuberantly planted, sheltered walled garden, designed and planted by world-renowned horticulturists, as a series of garden rooms to provide interest throughout the seasons. Theatrical white garden, ornamental grasses, new and established subtropical borders, and many unusual specimens. Display garden of 200 varieties of daylilies and Japanese style garden with koi pond.
For further information, refer to Apple Court Garden and Nursery on the National Garden Scheme website.

Bleak Hill Nursery and Garden, Braemoor, Bleak Hill, Harbridge, Ringwood, BH24 3PX
Open on Sunday 7th, 21st July, 4th August, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Bleak Hill
Through the moongate and concealed from view are billowing borders contrasting against a seaside scene, with painted beach huts and a boat on the gravel. Herbaceous borders fill the garden with colour wrapping around a pond and small stream. Greenhouses with cacti and sarracenias. Vegetable patch and bantam chickens.
For further information, refer to Bleak Hill Nursery and Garden on the National Garden Scheme website.

21, Chestnut Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RF
Open on Saturday, 20th July and Sunday, 18th August, 11.00am - 5.00pm; Sunday, 21st July, 1.00pm - 5.00pm, and by arrangement - check the NGS website
21 Chestnut Road
Welcome to our wildlife friendly garden where ponds, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, fruit and vegetables all blend to create formal and relaxed areas. Colour and scent combine artistically, all aimed to inspire. Visit the fairies and enjoy homemade refreshments.
For further information, refer to 21, Chestnut Road, Brockenhurst on the National Garden Scheme (NGS) website.

Durmast House, Bennetts Lane, Burley, BH24 4AT
Open on Sunday, 14th April, 23rd June, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, and by arrangement - check the NGS website
Designed by Gertrude Jekyll, Durmast has contrasting hot and cool colour borders, formal rose garden edged with lavender and a long herbaceous border. Many old trees, Victorian rockery and orchard with beautiful spring bulbs. Rare azaleas; Fama, Princeps and Gloria Mundi from Ghent.
For further information, refer to Durmast House, Burley on the National Garden Scheme website.

Fairweather's Nursery, Hilltop, Beaulieu, SO42 7YR
Open on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st July, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Fairweather's Nursery
Fairweather's hold a specialist collection of over 400 Agapanthus grown in pots and display beds, including AGM award-winning Agapanthus trialled by the RHS. Features include guided tours of the nursery at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, and demonstrations of how to get the best from Agapanthus and companion planting. Agapanthus and a range of other traditional and new perennials for sale.
For further information, refer to Fairweather's Nursery on the National Garden Scheme website.

Ferns Lodge, Cottagers Lane, Hordle, Lymington, SO41 0FE
Open on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th June; 24th and 25th August; 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Ferns Lodge
Captivating ½ acre garden. A cacophony of foxglove, camellia, azalea, tulip and lupins. Recently landscaped, brick paths guide you from cottage to summerhouse to gazebo where climbers from honeysuckle to jasmine attack the senses. Venture past the barn with its sedum roof to the 3½ acre Victorian garden in restoration (wellies are a must), with its mighty oaks, rhododendrons and Monterey pines.
For further information, refer to Ferns Lodge, Hordle on the National Garden Scheme website.

Macpennys Woodland Garden and Nurseries, Burley Road, Bransgore, BH23 8DB
Open on various dates - check the NGS website
Macpennys Woodland Garden and Nurseries
4 acre woodland garden originating from worked out gravel pits in the 1950s, offering interest year-round, but particularly in spring and autumn. Attached to a large nursery that offers for sale a wide selection of home-grown trees, shrubs, conifers, perennials, hedging plants, fruit trees and bushes.
For further information, refer to Macpennys Woodland Garden and Nurseries on the National Garden Scheme (NGS) website.

Oak Tree Cottage, Upper Common Road, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8LD
Open on Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7th July, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Oak Tree Cottage
This 1½ acre garden has a wealth of surprises, but with continuity. Using a limited palette of plants, with repetition of blue and silver, it flows from one secluded space to another. Designed with a gentle variation of levels and using many silver birch trees, contrasting foliage and flowers, one can become delightfully lost.
For further information, refer to Oak Tree Cottage on the National Garden Scheme website.

Patrick's Patch, Fairweather's Garden Centre, High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YB
Open daily by donation from dawn to dusk
Patrick's Patch
Model kitchen garden with a full range of vegetables, trained top and soft fruit and herbs. Salads in succession used as an educational project for all ages. Maintained by volunteers, primary school children and a part-time head gardener.
For further information, refer to Patrick's Patch on the National Garden Scheme website.

Rotherfield Greys, Fernhill Lane, New Milton, BH25 5ST
Open Saturday and Sunday, 27th and 28th July, 1.30pm - 5.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 17th and 18th August, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, and by arrangement - check the NGS website
Rotherfield Greys
One acre garden featuring vibrant borders of Sanguisorba, salvia, lobelia, dahlia, canna and helenium. Stunning ancient olives trees. Large oak pergola, bog gardens oozing with interest, romantic white garden, hosta and begonia gazebo, gushing water features, wildflower meadow, woodland walk with spotting trail.
For further information, refer to Rotherfield Greys on the National Garden Scheme website.

Willows, Pilley Hill, Boldre, Lymington, SO41 5QF
Open on Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th August, and Monday, 26th August, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, and by arrangement - check the NGS website
Willows
Golden bamboo greets you as you enter our vibrant front garden. Borders overflow with colourful dahlias, cannas, crocosmias, swathes of heleniums and rudbeckias. Exciting exotics contrast with a jungly mix of gunneras, ferns and giant hostas around the tranquil pond and bog garden. Sunny upper borders have dark leaved dahlias with billowing grasses, interesting topiary and wonderful hydrangeas.
For further information, refer to Willows on the National Garden Scheme website.

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Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
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