Spring at Hinton Ampner
Visit Hinton Ampner this spring and experience the blossoming vision lovingly planted by owner, Ralph Dutton.
Spring 2018 - please call in advance of your visit, as some areas of the garden may be closed if water-logged.
The idyllic five hectare garden brings together a formal layout with varied and informal plantings in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ in colours from cool greens, creams, and yellows, through to hot pinks, oranges and deep reds.
From mid-April, vibrant tulips and perfumed narcissi create bright splashes of colour in the pretty walled garden. In late spring, apple and pear blossoms flower to the gentle sound of buzzing bees in search of pollen. In the cherry orchard, clusters of double-pink flowers from cherry variety ‘Kanzan’ mingle with the snowy blossom of cherry ‘Mount Fuji’, which droops almost to the ground in long clusters.
Walk down the lichen-covered steps from the terrace and find yourself in beautiful parkland, leading to Hinton's ancient woodland. Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears here each spring. In the south of the park you'll find Ralph Dutton's original 1930s cricket pavilion. Recently restored by Hinton's estate volunteers, this is a tranquil spot to take in panoramic views, from the veranda and picnic tables.
Ralph Dutton designed the garden to have scent and colour all year round. During the early months of spring you’ll discover hundreds of daffodils and creamy camellias. Take a stroll down the Magnolia Walk to see exotic pink and white magnolia blooms.