The Garden 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.

Photograph © Hinton Admiral
Photograph © Hinton Admiral
Photograph © Hinton Admiral
Photograph © Hinton Admiral


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

Private group visits to the garden may be arranged by emailing The next Hinton Admiral Garden Open Days will be on Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 May 2019, from 11-5.30 each day. Homemade teas and light refreshments will be provided. £7 per adult. The Gardens will be open on Sunday 19th May 2019 as part of the National Gardens Scheme from 1pm to 4.30pm. Hot and cold drinks, but no food, will be available. £7.

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