The garden at Hinton Ampner
Visit Hinton Ampner this spring and experience the blossoming vision lovingly planted by owner, Ralph Dutton.
Thousands of new bulbs have been planted in this idyllic five hectare garden, for pops of fresh colour from March to May. Richly scented narcissi cover the grass in the orchard, under soft pink cherry blossom. From mid-April, the fragrant creamy-white blooms of cherry Mount Fuji appear, drooping almost to the ground in in long swaying clusters.
Head gardener John Wood and his team have added eight new varieties of tulip too, including frilly candy-pink tulip Huis Ten Bosch in the sunken garden. In the walled kitchen garden you’ll find more show-stoppers - deep-red Lasting Love and tangerine-pink Dordogne.
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.