Furzey Gardens, Minstead

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Quite good expect would be better in spring or summer more flowers to see.We think they are doing marvellous work for disabled people 
  • I once delivered sunday papers here when I was a child - I am now in my late 50's. I remember when it was not open to the public and there were struggles with diggers. Now it is a beautiful garden wit...  read more »
  • Heard about this place from a friend and initially was sceptical - but on a beautiful day it was a fantastic visit. It was great looking for all the little fairy doors, even found their little notice ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Well worth a visit lovely place to take the children
  • We have a 5 and 2 year old that loved every second of our visit, finding the doors was fun for us all as were the treehouses. The wonderful thing was being greeted with a smile on arrival by the young gent in the car park, and exactly the same at reception and every single member of staff, thank you for a fantastic experience
  • Magical garden and fairy kingdom, perfect day out for young children
  • Had a magical time here with our family four adults and two children. Our granddaughter who is 3 was just enthralled by the fairy doors and we spent a long happy time hunting for them. The various constructions of timber and thatch were great, and the whole few hours there was indeed magical in every way. Busy now making fairy doors for granddaughter and own garden, inspiring. Many thanks to those who think out of the box and use creative imagination to bring a touch of real excitement and magic to others lives.
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