Gardens and parks in Hampshire
Early autumn is a lovely time to visit our Hampshire gardens. The crowds have gone and there’s still lots to see, from brightly coloured dahlias to kitchen gardens brimming with produce. Everywhere, you’ll find beautiful vistas – perfect for September picnics.
Hinton Ampner’s bright displays of dahlias include over 30 different varieties and thousands of blooms, from cool creams and yellows to rich oranges and pinks. The kitchen garden is at its peak, brimming with leafy veg, espaliered fruit and pretty companion planting.
Displays of fruit and veg pack the raised borders in Mottisfont’s kitchen garden. Companion planting gives it pops of colour, and vines and gourds are snaking their way up the two long pergolas. It’s a lovely spot to relax in the autumn sunshine.
Stroll through The Vyne’s walled garden to take in its magnificent 30m dahlia border – look out for bunches for sale. Nearby, the heritage orchard is heavy with autumn fruit and just beyond are panoramic autumn views over the lake.
As we head into autumn Uppark's sugar maple and tulip trees start to turn shades of red and yellow. Sedums, hydrangea and cyclamen provide splashes of pink colour. There are spectacular views too - over a South Downs landscape.
Sandham’s cottage-style garden is a pretty sight in early autumn. Mauve and red asters and sedums mingle with white and pink Japanese anemones in this tranquil spot. The orchard is full of historic apple varieties, some of which you can take home, for a donation.
Stretch your legs, run around, enjoy some peace and quiet and take in stunning views.
Adjoining the gardens are acres of beautiful parkland. Follow the ancient tree trail to discover some of its remarkable gnarled veterans, or simply enjoy soaking up the panoramic vista as you wander.