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“Quaint and cute” 4 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.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Quaint and cute”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

The garden was smaller than expected so only took an hour to walk around but very cute place to go especially with small children who can find all the little doors and windows for the animals. Very well kept and creative, lovely little educational hut about butterflies and bees!

Probably wouldn't go again as once you've seen once, there's no need to go again but was a nice quick stop in visit!

Visited August 2013
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Dorset, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Wonderful for All The Family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We went here on a warm day in August, and absolutely loved it. My children were fascinated to find the small doors in trees where the fairies lived and loved reading notes other children had left there as well as spotting the fairy dust. Meanwhile we adults simply enjoyed the flowers, butterflies and bees along the paths. They had some of the best tree houses we have ever seen - built round the trunk and with ladders inside so the children can explore. Be sure not to miss the 17th Century cottage by the entrance, really gives you a feel of how people lived then. We will be back!

Visited August 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Stunning place, beautiful in ethos and looks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were a group of mainly street pastors from the city looking for some space and quietness. Immediately on arriving the tranquillity and beauty is evident. The cafe is great, the staff are so friendly and helpful. Its actually a very big garden and full of surprises. Children played safely and happily as they searched for the play areas, huts, tree houses, ponds and fairy houses! There was a lovely atmosphere and quiet 'buzz'. The 'last supper table' is a must see - amazing, a huge table from one piece of wood! Good for children and adults, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and had all the space we needed. And some of us brought some good plants too...!
I totally recommend Furzey gardens - a great place for a coffee, a walk, or to picnic and explore it all! Thank you to all the staff and volunteers. You all made our day for us and were always willing to stop to say hello or answer questions.
If you don't know the story of Furzey...well...I'd encourage you to go and see for yourself.

Visited August 2013
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“Splendid fairy garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

These gardens are very pretty with gorgeous flowers and hedges. We especially liked the chelsea garden and the kitchen garden. The fairy doors are really cute, kids (and adults) like searching for them. The grounds are huge and there is a nature playground. Deffinetly great value for the money.
There 's a nice cafe' and a shop which sells tiny fairs and fairy doors, too. I'd highly recomend this to any family. Searching for fairy doors keeps the kids busy and it was one of the first garden where the kids wanted stay longer.

Visited August 2013
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romsey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“take a book and chill”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Plants very good value, lovely walks and very nice food and helpful staff. Perfect on a sunny day to take a book and chill. Not sure what Star G expects for her money but perhaps some research into the ethos and background to this place would not have been amiss. We always enjoy coming here and the kids love it.

Visited August 2013
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