Summer gardens at Hinton Ampner
With meandering paths, flower-filled avenues and hidden dells to discover, Hinton Ampner's garden is the perfect place to while away a summer's afternoon.
In creating his idea of a rural idyll, Hinton's former owner and the creator of its luxurious garden, Ralph Dutton, designed a series of tranquil garden 'rooms', each with their own destinctive identity. It is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th-century garden design and it mixes formal and informal planting with fine vistas throughout.
The Dell and the pathways to the East of the house have a much wilder feel than the rest of the garden, with secret paths and hidden spots to soak in the sun. These areas are often not accessible in the winter months due to the damp conditions underfoot, but in summer they provide a cool, green oasis to explore.
Stunning displays of roses
Eye-catching topiary, exotically-coloured dahlias and borders of heavily scented roses lead onto formal terraces, and panoramic views across the South Downs. There are over 90 varieties of rose on show, giving delicious fragrance and colour well into August. Look out for a mass of highly scented ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ tea rose shrubs beside the pond, and rambler Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ which shoots graceful sprays of double yellow flowers to the top of the house.
Glimpses of the garden
Join one of our regular walks and talks in the garden run by our volunteer garden guides. Throughout the week we have regular introductorytalks in the walled garden. For those wishing to learn more, join our talks on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons where you will take a guided stroll around the gardens and discover the plants used by Ralph Dutton to create his rural idyll.
Talks start at 10:45 and at 14:15 most days, depending on number of volunteers. just ask at Visitor Recption for available talks on the day.
The walled garden
Dating back to the Tudor house we think that the walled garden could have originally been the hop garden.
Lined with 19th-century espalier apple and pear trees, the garden is once again being used to grow a rich variety of organic fruits and vegetables. We often use this fresh produce in the Stables tea room.
You can also enjoy the blooms from the flower garden inside as well as out as they are used for arrangements displayed in the house.
Perfect for picnics
There's nothing like a picnic to enjoy the summer weather. With plenty of room in the grounds and parkland you'll be spoiled for choice.
You're welcome to bring your own food to enjoy as a picnic in the gardens and take in the views meticulously crafted by Ralph Dutton.
If you fancy something extra then why not pick up snacks, cakes and ice cream to go from the Café and take it out into the gardens to enjoy? There are lots of shady spots and benches to take advantage of.
With a tempting selection of cakes and bakes, sandwiches and drinks in disposable cups, these are perfect to pick up and enjoy on the go or for a picnic with friends and family.
Please do remember to pick up any litter once you've finished and take it home.