The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

An extraordinary garden containing probably the finest Winter Garden in the UK and not looking too shabby late summer either.

Few gardens offer as rich pickings as these, growing over 11,000 different types of plant, in over 40,000 plants and holding 13 National Plant Collections, set in a complementary mixture of formal and informal landscapes and garden styles.

Although a relatively young collection, its historical significance is recognised by a Grade II listing in English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

The Gardens are supported by a distinguished group of expert advisors including the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Forestry Commission and the Hillier family.

A bit of an indulgence, all these photographs, but I hope they give a sense of the variety and scale of these gardens. They are well worth a visit, at any time of year.

Annual membership covers entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Wakehurst Place and is a bargain.