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“a lovely day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens
School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest National Park SO43 7GL, England
44 2380 812464
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Minstead
Type: Gardens
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Owner description: Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
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“a lovely day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

we spend a good few hours walking round the gardens and looking for fairy doors on trees it was lovely also we had a snack in there cafe which was reasonably priced as well a few hours well spent at a reasonable price for entrance

Visited June 2013
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“Nice surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

A very nice garden to visit but made special for young children by the promise of fairies! My two granddaughters dashed about showing me tiny doors in the trees, there was even fairy dust proving they had moved in. Letters were left by the doors and we even picked up pictures of fairies along the way.
There is a cottage with a beautifully kept vegetable garden, inside depicts the family who once lived there, upstairs twelve children and Dad all asleep head to toe on one long pallet! My granddaughter aged four was worried that they were all dead!
Inside the centre there is a shop a cafe and a gallery.

Visited June 2013
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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“lovely morning out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

wonderful place to visit, the brochure in the hotel that advertised this place did't do it justice. It was beautiful and very well kept, Yes, we would go again, really enjoyable

Visited June 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“The New Forest's best kept secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

My wife and I discovered Furzey Gardens quite by chance when surfing the internet for a local day out and were amazed by what a lovely attraction it is. The whole atmosphere is informal and relaxing and the layout of the gardens makes for a lovely unhurried stroll through a wonderful array of plants shrubs and natural meadows. Given our visit was on a beautiful day in June the rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom and the gold award winning chelsea flower show garden was also on display.
Add to this the 350 year old cottage, plants for sale, educational exhibits and extremely helpful and friendly staff and you get an excellent value for money half day visit.
I would highly recommend Furzey Gardens to anyone visiting or living in the area.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We went here at the very end of May and I have to say that the colours of the flowers were absolutely stunning. So much depth of colour and a real treat to see so many flowers in their prime.

The gardens are thoughtfully laid out, there is a pond, a couple of bridges, several wooden structures to explore and a childrens play area (suitable from about 4yrs upwards). Around the grounds are a series of 'Fairy Doors' which small children (mine are 10 and 2) take pleasure in finding (though our 10 yr old was a bit too old for this). Some of these look like they could do with a lick of paint, but otherwise, the entire site is presented to a very high standard.

There is also a small old house which you can have a look around (I've seen better, but this was still pretty interesting) and there is a building which provides quite a lot of info about insects, and my children certainly enjoyed seeing how honey is made.

Cafe and (over priced) gift shop on site - nice lawn area to picnic on.

Tiny car park and not sure where you would park if/when it's full, so probably best to arrive there fairly early.

Visited May 2013
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