In 1953 the distinguished plantsman, Sir Harold Hillier, established the Gardens and Arboretum. Over many years he assembled a remarkable collection, with the aim of bringing together the most comprehensive and unrivalled collection of trees, shrubs and hardy plants in the UK.
The Gardens were left under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council in 1977. Run as a charity, the Gardens are continually developed to further Sir Harold’s philosophy of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. In 1997 the Gardens were included by English Heritage on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
Today you can explore over 180 acres of award winning landscape gardens.
Find out more - visit www.hants.gov.uk
Picture credits: Hampshire County Council
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