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“Stunning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Minstead
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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274 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
2 Thank 639AnnaP
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Wonderful Gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Nearly didn't find it as not signposted well from the way we approached it. Car parking very haphazard and the ladies in the entrance/ tea room were somewhat overwhelmed as a lot of people arrived at once.
The weather was sunny but not too hot and the gardens were spectacular, lots of little nooks and crannies and a lot of children seemed to be following a fairy trail.
Nice little tea room and gallery.

Visited May 2013
Thank sootycat1
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Spectacular and charming woodland garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you are visiting the south of England you should venture to the New Forest, and there you will find the spectacular and naturally charming Furzey Gardens. Although tucked away, recently improved signage now helps newcomers to find what really is a hidden gem of a garden. In May (2013) they are awash with colour from the many flowering rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and swathes of candelabra primulas (primroses for the uninitiated!). A recent addition to the garden is the recreated gold medal winning "Chelsea" garden which was designed by Chris Beardshaw as a show garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012. To reach this you meander down a woodland path until you reach a small lake, with the Chelsea garden planted on the slope beyond. While not as large as some gardens, there is still plenty to see as you wander along the many paths throughout the gardens. There is a natural play area to occupy smaller children, plus a series of fairy doors dotted around the gardens for them to spot. The tea room is a delight with some of the best home-made cakes you will find anywhere, and a small plant shop. I took my dog with me, and although she was not allowed in the garden, there is a lovely public footpath, accessed from the car park (plenty of shaded parking so safe leave your dog in the car for a short time) which takes you directly into the Forest.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Helen H
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Poole, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Poor catering facilities”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

A pretty garden but rather small for the expensive 7 pounds entrance fee. We took our 2 young children hoping to have lunch in their tea rooms. Unfortunately due to them not having had a sandwich delivery the only thing on offer was crisps or cakes! Such a shame that they don't cater for children in any way as there is a play area!! No selection of fruit/ yoghurts/jacket potatoes etc. We had to leave and find a pub to have lunch in. Certainly wouldn't recommend a visit!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Donna T
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Brownhills, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
“RHS partner garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

This garden had won a Gold award at Chelsea in 2012 for the garden built by people with learning disabilities, and it carries on with such good work involving lots of people in the community. A lovely, quite wild garden but their award-winning Chelsea entry is being recreated there. It also has lots of "fairy doors" for children to find!!

Visited March 2013
Thank Brenstan
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