Furzey Gardens, Minstead

4.5
#7 of 19 in Parks in New Forest National Park Hampshire
Garden Nature / Park
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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  • Although we live quite locally, this is our first visit to Furzey Gardens. We came with our young granddaughter to find the fairy doors! We brought our own picnic and there are lots of quiet areas to ...  more »
  • A lovely garden maintained by adults with learning disabilities and what a wonderful job they do there are a collection of azaleas and candlabra preninals  more »
  • Nice gardens but beware this is not Exactly Wisley Gardens! If it were I would not have minded paying the £8 entrance fee we were charged. However that price is what they say is the recommended donati...  more »
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  • The children love this magical garden. We love having a picnic there finnished off by a ice cream from the shop.
  • Nice sized garden with plenty to see. Operates in conjunction with the Minstead Trust, which provides a great opportunity for people with learning difficulties. There's a good cafe/shop here and some reasonably priced plants which help to support the work of the trust.
  • Very enjoyable garden and walk, the kids loved it, especially hunting for fairy doors. Quite expensive for what it is
  • 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.
  • Beautiful, tranquil place. A real gem!

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