The Garden Landscape Guide

Hinton Admiral Gardens

A eighteenth century house with 20 acres of gardens, renovated since the 1990s. The terrace and rock garden were designed by Harold Peto. There is also a fernery, kitchen garden, orchard and woodland walk.

Head Gardener's Comment

20 acres of gardens include many unusual shrubs and trees set in lawns and ponds. A large rock garden is accessible via a climbing stone path. Lovely displays of bluebells, wild daffodils, snowdrops and other bulbs. Lawns and ponds are surrounded by borders of rhododendrons and deciduous azaleas. One walled garden is planted as a collage of herbs while the larger area is a wildflower meadow.


The garden (and house, which is not open) were neglected after the 2nd World War. The house is now fully renovated and the garden improvements are well under way. New designs are incorporated into the garden every year and this will continue for some years to come.

Plants of note

Green-winged orchids, helleborines. Snowdrops, native wild daffodils, 10 acre lime-tree avenue filled with blubells in May. Rare perennial lobelia, lapageria and other unusual climbers. Part of the garden was used as a nursery for rare and unusual shrubs - many of the stock plants were planted in the garden and still remain.

Lyndhurst Road, Hinton, Christchurch, Dorset, England, BH23 7DY

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  • about 5 years by Jane Williams 5 / 5

    Yesterday 22 May, I went to visit these amazing gardens and found a lot of peace and beauty, at every turn. So many different kinds of plants, flowers and trees, areas tucked away round corners and down paths. So much colour too.

    The peaceful lake with its ducks and fish, the old walled gardens,the pools and rock paths, and oh so much more.

    Thank you for a lovely afternoon, I wish you were open more often. In the mean time, I look forward to next time. Keep up the good work.
  • about 5 years by Peter Brake 5 / 5

    Yesterday 14.5.11, my wife and I decided to give Hinton Admiral a visit.We were pleasantly surprised by the layout of the estate grounds. Beautifully kept as nature intended, very relaxing walks and gorgeous scented plants. Well worth a visit when open. I could live there quite happily!
  • about 7 years by Mrs Nesbit 4 / 5

    I have just returned from an afternoon at the gardens-even my teenage son was happy to spend the afternoon wandering around with us! Thought the teas and cakes were a nice touch, and the ladies helping were so friendly. I was happy NOT to see huge muffins in plastic wrappers with a 6 month shelf life that all taste the same. I much prefer a cup of tea poured from a pot than a teabag floating about in a polystyrene vessel! Some people can be so picky!! Well done girls-toffee cake next year please!! Bearing in mind the damage done in the storm of 1987 the garden will take time to recover and it is apparent work is ongoing. Living locally, I would like to see the grounds open more often, esp in the early spring. Would also be nice to perhaps learn a bit more about the history of the house as it always seems a little shrouded in mystery!!
    All in all a very pleasant afternoon.
  • about 7 years by Jenny 4 / 5

    I agree with Val's review. It is a pity that this garden is not open more often. We spent several hours yesterday admiring the many beautiful plantings. The gardeners I'm sure would be happy for more people to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labours!
    A nice cup of tea and home-made cake adds to the enjoyment of the outing and hopefully benefits a good cause at the same time..
  • about 7 years by Anonymous 3 / 5

    OK if you do not want much to see the best was the rock garden but still have seen a lot better with more interest. For garden lovers, not the best, but if you are in the area and at a loss well go then,for a walk, a lot of walking and space if you have the energy,so tea was called for, outside on terrace, if you could could get a seat, The tea and cakes outside on tressle tables not the most hygienic, very basic ready made in large metal teapots, poured straight into a cup for you, not great, ONLY cake selection available,when we went at about 2.30pm no biscuits or scones, sandwiches they would have been great a addition.need to take food with you if diabetic or gluten free. Will not be going back. NOT wheelchair friendly

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