March is now upon us, a time of new beginnings and fresh buds waiting to burst open and bathe us all in the wonderful fresh green that symbolises Spring. It’s also the month that many stately homes and public gardens reopen their doors to the public so all can enjoy their beauty. Read on for more of what’s happening around Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Kent this month….
Ramster Garden Opening – 16th March -10-5pm -Adults £7.50 Chiddingfold, Surrey
Located in the Surrey Hills, near the village of Chiddingfold, why not take an early Spring visit to the award winning Ramster Gardens, with over 25 acres of peaceful woodland, views of lakes and hillsides. The garden is famous for its magnificent displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, and many rare and unusual trees and flowering shrubs. The unique 100-year-old avenue of maples, woodland areas with oak and larch, and American red gum tree Liquidambar really is something to behold, and the garden holds seasonal events, so there really is something for everyone. The venue also has a tearoom, so you can relax and enjoy your time at the garden a little longer.
Vintage Horticultural Garden Machinary Display – South Downs Heritage Centre & Museum of Gardening- Hassocks, East Sussex-10th March-10-4pm- Free Entry
A unique display of Vintage Horticultural and Garden Machinery will be on show at the entrance to the South Downs Heritage Centre and Museum of Gardening. Supplied by members of the VHGMC (Vintage Horticultural and Garden Machinery Club) who will be on hand to answer any questions. The gardening museum is fabulous and really worth a visit by itself, and it’s fascinating to have a look at horticultural practises of times gone by. The museum curator Clive will also produce a few rare and exciting exhibits from his collection, in addition to those on permanent display in the museum.
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Opening- Sevenoaks, Kent- 22nd March-10.30-5pm- Adults £9
Plan a great family day out in the most imaginative garden to visit in Kent. Discover world-class British sculpture, and learn about Riverhill’s fascinating 170 year garden history, with its links to Darwin and the Great Plant Hunters. Build dens together, discover secret pathways and incredible views. With the gardens styled around the rhododendron forests of Nepal, visit The Jungle area for a glimpse of some rare specimens, or why not visit the Orchard Sweep with its resplendent planting of daffodils. With some many incredible and unusual plants combined with award winning sculpture, it’s no wonder this garden has won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Hampshire – Monday- Sunday 10-1700/1800 BST – Adults £10.90
The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is world famous for its arboretum and gardens – set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside; this garden is stunning whatever the season.
Established by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier in 1953, it is now home to 14 National Collections, over 400 Champion Trees and 42,000 plants from temperate regions. It is one of the most important modern plant collections in the world.
Outstanding attractions include;‘Centenary Border’one of the longest double borders in the UK measuring 250m long and one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Pond and a Bog Garden.