Hampton Court is a 15th century castle with 12 acres of gardens that have been transformed
over the last 10 years by Simon Dorrell and David Wheeler. There is a conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton, Dutch Garden, Yew maze, Wisteria arch and ornamental Kitchen Garden.
Head Gardener's Comment
Hampton Court Gardens are magnificent new gardens set in the grounds of a late medieval castle and surrounded by a thousand acres of parkland. Rescued from neglect in 1994, the gardens have been revived and transformed. Estate masons and carpenters have meticulously restored many original structures, and inspirational new features have been added. Today, water canals, island pavilions, avenues and borders complement the established planting of the earlier eras. The Gardens are a peaceful haven but also a place of exploration with a maze, Gothic Tower and secret tunnel to a waterfall. The Ornamental Kitchen Garden is both beautiful and productive and visitors can sample its delicious organic produce in the Orangery Restaurant, or enjoy a picnic on the lawn.
Founded by King Henry IV in the early 15th century as a reward for a knights bravery at Agincourt, the castle and gardens have been remodeled several times during their long history.
Plants of note
Ornamental working Kitchen Garden
150 yr old Wisteria Arch
Maze with hidden tunnel, tower and sunken garden
Enjoyed a splendid visit today,will be back again.
over 4 years by
5 / 5
I love gardening, and have spent many years looking at gorgeous garden photos when reading and researching gardening. I have also visited many gardens in my time and have to say that the planting at Hampton court in Hereford has to be the best I have seen. I just adored it, and want to go back again tomorrow. The yellow and blue borders were heavenly> The restrained but effective choice of plants had me tearing about with a notebook, hoping to remember the clever juxtaposition of plants.If you are still thinking about how to plant your own garden, get there by any means necessary!
over 5 years by
4 / 5
Most impressed by the signs of careful cultivation everywhere which includes edibles as well as ornamental plants. Of note at this time are the glorious tulips of various hues and shapes and the espalier fruit trees. The descent from the tower in the centre of the maze into the darkness to emerge into the light and the sunken garden was a delight. The parkland hosts some magnificent mature trees and the riverside walk also gives views of farmland and the house. My only quibble was the lack of labelling but this might come in time.
almost 6 years by
5 / 5
Fabulous place to visit, especially for a photographer. So many different places, plants and features to see - love the place and hope to revisit sometime again in the future.
a truly lovely garden. there are "pagodas" amongst water features. lots of flowers a bog garden and a lovely tea room.
a small lake and a riverside walk.
best to avoid school holidays as it can get busy!
almost 7 years by
5 / 5
Some of the most magical gardens I've ever seen. The lady gardeners are charming and helpful and were able to give me numbers of tips.
The cafe is set in the wonderful old organgery. Don't miss this one. Apparently the house predates Hampton Court palace.
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