Furzey Gardens, Minstead

(4.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
The gardens were planted out with a rare collection of Rhododendrons, trees and shrubs in the 1920s. Having later fallen into disrepair the gardens were restored and placed into the care of a charitable trust (The Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust, registered number 271485) in the 1970s. Following this an art and craft gallery and tea-rooms were built and the gardens extensively replanted.

It is recorded that more than £7,000 was spent on grubbing out the rough gorse and importing tons of good topsoil before putting in often rare rhododendrons and azaleas. Other notable plants include many Embothrium coccineum, the tender and spectacular Chilean fire bushes that present a fantastic picture in May, their spidery, scarlet tubular flowers blazing with colour. Many acid-loving trees such as the tall eucryphias, of which there are several species, all with pure white, scented flowers from late July, were also planted, as were bulbs and plants which largely look after themselves, such as foxgloves; wild strawberries, anemones and little orchids.
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  • Over this weekend, the gardens have been lit and Santa is in his grotto. The gardens are beautifully lit and the pond with its lighting, is beautiful. Lighting supplied by Light Nights. A lovely visit...  more »
  • Love this place - full of secret paths and fairy doors. Well maintained garden and lovely tea room. Check out the tables made from recycled wood - absolutely gorgeous! 
  • Group of adults and children. The children had an amazing time hunting the fairy doors in amongst the woodland and paths. Great play area. All thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The autumnal colours are am...  more »
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  • Lovely rambling paths...children love searching for all the fairy doors in the trees. Nice cafe. If you like gardens, there's something for everyone here. Small adventure playground for the kids. Nothing stuffy or pompous...It's more about twisty shaded paths and discovering new vistas.
  • Our girls (7 and 4) love Furzey, going round finding the fairy doors. We can have a pleasant walk around with them, and know that if they get tired we're never far from the cafe and exit. The cafe is a little on the pricey side but it's for a good cause so I don't object to that too much. There are several picnic tables, including one very large one under cover. That's probably more useful for shade, Furzey isn't a wet weather venue!
  • It's what it says on the title garden's! This is a total out side place. Apart from the little shop there. Great place to relax and if you got young children. That believe in fairy's there are plenty of fairy doors to find. And also little hide away spots to sit and have a nibble. An enjoyable place to visit in the middle of the new forest...
  • Great gardens, nice cafe. You can picnic on the grounds if that's your thing. Dogs are not allowed on site at all, which I like.
  • My family had a lovely long morning here looking for hidden doors among tree roots! This was an excellent activity for a five year old, even when the weather isn't great. The size of the garden is good for a walk without it turning into a trek. The grounds themselves are really nice, we saw them in spring and it was pretty; I imagine in the summer it's a riot of colour.