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“Magical day out for eagle eyed children”
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.
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“Magical day out for eagle eyed children”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

If you love beautiful gardens and your children love faeries then this is a marriage made in heaven. Beautiful gardens sprinkled with fairy magic and lots of little homes for observant and inquisitive children to find: our record is 27! The gardens also serve a purpose beyond being a simple tourist attraction so you feel good knowing you are supporting a worthy cause. The best thing: no commercial tat in the shop but lovely home items. Our 3rd visit and we'll be back for more!

1 Thank Tamsin D
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful gardens, with a commendable purpose”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

A gem of a garden, beautiful setting, lots to see, of interest to young and old. Friendly, helpful staff, yummy cakes, good gift shop. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours - and all in a good cause.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Elaine H
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“A great afternoon”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

I only came up for the afternoon tea, scones yummy, tea well it was a cup of tea!! the staff were very lovely and the scenery a dream, lovely afternoon.

of and love love love the fairy house.. ( I work in a nursery and we are going to introduce this) perhaps your fairly could write to us?

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Leanne O
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“Garden Club Group Visit”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

The Weather was great
The Gardens have some wonderful Plants and views right out has far has the hills of the isle of Wight The staff so friendly welcoming and helpful
We were so lucky to do a evening visit arriving at 5 and having Graham to tell us about the gardens and the trust The ladies kept the restaurant and shop open for us till 7.30 when we reluctantly left the gardens I think some of us could have sat watching the birds and the view for longer.
I forgot to mention the Gold Chelsea Gardens The thatch Cottage, the Fairy Houses, tree house,
and much more

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Wendy R
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Terrific gardens - and always improving”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

I wouldn't normally have taken the time to review a gardens more than once, but we were really impressed when we visited Furzey recently. The staff were absolutely delightful, the gardens were fantastic and had been developed and improved since we were last there. Lots of attention to detail, including improved signage. Beautiful place.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Chris S
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