Furzey Gardens, Minstead

#7 of 25 in Parks in New Forest National Park Hampshire
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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  • I like work with the staff and students, and do the café is good a really good café to work in with the Mel and Kim and Lizzy and sally  more »
  • My girls always love going here, but I agree with other reviewers that it's overpriced for what it is, if you adhere to the recommended donation. If you take a picnic lunch you can cut down on your co...  more »
  • We took our grandchildren here. Lots of open space, fairy doors to hunt for along with many varieties of plants and good landscaping. All finished off with coffee/soft drinks and cakes.  more »
  • Magical place for kids and imaginative adults. Fantastic idea to make a lovely garden come alive with lots of fairy doors to discover. These doors are expertly installed into tree holes so they look totally authentic. There are other great structures and garden features that fit with the fantasy theme too. Great 4 hours for the cost and for a worthwhile cause.
  • Lovely informal gardens, kids (4 and 5) loved finding the fairy doors, which are reasonably easy to find if you try. Nice tearoom, hot coffee and presentable toilets. Also a fab play area that we had to drag them away from after an hour. Car park limited unless there was an overflow that we missed. We had a great day and it all helps to support a worthy cause.
  • I have been to these beautiful gardens on many occasion, had coffee in the tea room and bought plants and seeds from the shop. I have always paid the 'suggested donation' each time. I promised my 6yr old granddaughter that I would take her and her friend for a picnic at 'The Fairy Gardens', as she likes to call it, during the summer holidays. I realised on arriving that I only had £15 cash on me so handed it over saying sorry but today this is my donation. I was horrified by the reaction of the staff behind the counter! They looked at us like we'd just come out of a spaceship and preceded to proper stare at us and whisper to each other as we entered the gardens! It made me feel very embarrassed and uncomfortable. As it was after approximately 1 hour the heavens opened and it poured with rain so we left. The suggested donation would of been £18 in total that day so I don't consider what I did donate as a huge loss! The sign reading suggested donation should be removed and a proper entry price stated. I will not be visiting again.
  • Nice gardens, nice playground, and the fairy trail is great for kids. The cafe staff are nice... although they do seem a little befuddled. The hot food selection at the café is rudimentary, but the cakes are great.
  • This place is lovely and quirky. It is not large, a half day visit is enough to see it all. Some of the paths are not wheelchair friendly but disabled visitors and their carers get in free. The tearoom does not do hot food but ploughman's lunches and a selection of the sandwiches, cakes and scones are also available.

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