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Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens - Gardens In The New Forest

Whilst travelling around the New Forest, upon reaching Minstead you will come across a sign for Furzey Gardens and it is well worth stopping to have a look at these beautiful gardens.

The gardens have a wonderful setting of approximately eight acres for the visitors to look around. There are fantastic views on a clear day right across to the Isle of Wight.

Furzey Gardens was originally designed and planted in 1922 on rough gorse grazing land, and as the soil composition in the area is not overly favourable for planting a lot of the soil had to be imported by the use of horse and cart. Once all the forest clay had been buried, it enabled the shrubs and trees that were planted there to thrive.

On entering the gardens you will come across the Forest Cottage, which it is believed, was built around 1560 using timbers it has been said came from Tudor boatyards at Lymington.

Due to the shape and style, it would indicate that they had originally been cut for shipbuilding. Whilst renovation was taking place, Mormon newsprint dating back to 1860 from Salt Lake City was found, and believed to have been used as a paper for lining the ceilings.

Those budding gardeners amongst you will be in heaven walking around these lovely gardens. There is something to catch the eye what ever time of year you visit. During spring, all the vibrant colours whilst walking around of the Azaleas, and the beautiful Rhododendrons, not forgetting the Chilean Fire trees, which, like the name says, seem to throw a glow over everything.

Find the secret paths to walk down and admire the primulas, look at all the lovely trees and shrubs that are beautifully well cared for. These gardens are an absolute pleasure to walk around with always something to catch the eye.

The gardens have a wonderful setting of approximately eight acres for the visitors to look around. There are fantastic views on a clear day right across to the Isle of Wight.

The gardens themselves are also used by a registered charitable organisation. This organisation offers residential and horticultural training for young people with learning difficulties through the Minstead training project. Students often work in the gardens or the nursery next door. Plants grown by the students can also be bought from the nursery shop.

Also at Furzey Gardens, if you feel like having refreshments, why not visit the craft gallery, which has recently been newly restored. There is a good selection of quality crafts to have a look at. You can choose to have coffee and cake on the terrace, or go up to the loft to find sumptuous sofas to sit on and admire the gardens from above.

For the smaller children, there is a play area and a popular feature for the little ones is the crawl tunnel. The older ones might like to try the tree house, or the African style round houses. Children must always have an adult with them whilst in this area.

You can find the Furzey Gardens website here.

For a larger garden experience you can also visit the world famous 200 acre Exbury Gardens which is a must see.

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