A delightful market town, nestled within the South Downs National Park, Petersfield combines the atmosphere of a historical bustling town, with stunning countryside, walks, scenery and gardens. Read on to find out more about what’s on in and around this Hampshire gem ….
Petersfield Psychic Garden
Open daily 9-4pm – Free Entry – GU32 3JJ
Recipient of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Petersfield Psychic Garden is a hidden treasure located in the centre of the town- a private garden which is open to the public without charge, providing a green oasis in the centre of town. It is a garden created in a 17th Century style with distinct parts laid out for different purposes.
Physic gardens owe their name to the plants grown from which were considered to contain medicinal properties. Generally the beds were of a defined geometric shape and laid out in a formal pattern. In addition to these formal herb beds, planted with such things as Woad (Isatis tinctoria), Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) and Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), there is a topiary walk, a knot garden, an informal orchard with wild flowers and a rose arch. The 17th Century was also a time when many plants were introduced from the New World and there are borders planted with shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants which would have been familiar at that period.
Permaculture for Childen, The Sustainability Centre, East Meon
Sat 30th March- 10-4pm- £50 – GU32 1HR
There are a few spaces left for this fascinating course at the wonderful Sustainability Centre, just a stones throw from Petersfield in beautiful East Meon. Let your children learn the importance of companion planting, growing organic food in alignment with the principles of nature, the links between each layer of the natural world and more. Permaculture aims to find solutions to the planets biggest problems by looking at natural patterns and observing how we as a species can make less of a harmful impact by living more mindfully and in tune with Mother Nature.
Uppark House & Garden
National Trust- Garden Open 10-5pm- NT Entry Fees Apply – GU31 5QR
As the winter chill begins to fade away and the days grow longer, the welcome arrival of spring gives visitors plenty to look forward to at Uppark. The garden and woodland is bursting with life from the spring bulbs to the local hares which can sometimes be seen first thing in the morning hopping around the South Meadow.
Spring sees the return of some of the nation’s favourite delicate flowers including Cowslips, Siberian Squall and Snowdrops. Many of these can be seen as you walk from Visitor Reception to the Golden Gate and give a great welcome to everyone visiting.
As the weather warms, the trees begin to spring to life. Not to be missed this time of year is the handkerchief tree, so named because the ‘bracts’ protecting the flowers look like white handkerchiefs.
In the formal gardens you will also come across the Tulip tree, who’s leaves resemble tulip flowers. This is one to watch throughout the year as its vivid green leaves turn through yellow to bright orange in the Autumn.
With Spring Walks and a Woodland Trail, why not visit this stunning National Trust Property this month?