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New Forest National Park, perfect for those with Green Fingers

The beautiful New Forest. Perfect for those with green fingers

Do you have green fingers or do you find yourself wooing over the Chelsea Flower Show? Whether you are a keen gardener or not you couldn’t come to a better part of the country than The New Forest to experience all nature has to offer.

Our favourite spot is situated between Brockenhurst and the A35 road. Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, a narrow road lined with a mixture of large rhododendrons, azaleas and some very very tall trees. Best seen in late May / early June with the rhododendrons and azaleas in flower, the road is very popular throughout the year and attracts a large number of visitors.

The forest puts on an amazing display all year but none are as spectacular as autumn when the leaves start changing. But apart from all the natural forna and flora in the forest itself there are a number of landscaped gardens to visit around the New Forest too.

Exbury Gardens
Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920’s, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety. Kids take note, there is a magical 20 minute narrow gauge train ride through the gardens.

Our tip: Look out for the Daffodil meadow in spring time.

Furzey Gardens
This delightful, informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for its all year round beauty. The peaceful 10 acre woodland gardens include a lake, play area, recreated GOLD winning RHS Chelsea show garden, gift and coffee shop.

Our tip: A favourite for fans of fairies at the bottom of the garden, there are hidden fairy doors to find all over the gardens.

Beaulieu Gardens at The Motor Museum
Home of the Montagu family & the original grounds of Beaulieu Abbey there are a selection of gardens to explore from the Wilderness Garden, to the Victorians’ Garden through to the Ornamental Vegetable Garden.

Our tip: Between April and October with at least one weeks notice, a tour of the vinyard gardens can be arranged.

New Forest Water Gardens
Set in a delightful 2 acres of formal gardens, this is the New Forest’s largest water garden. Keep your eyes peeled for ponds and waterfalls, large and small, Koi carp, dragonflies, ducks, chickens, goats and other wildlife.

Opening times, prices and more information can be found on the link below.

http://www.thenewforest.co.uk/activities/thedms.aspx?dms=11&groupid=2&catid=13&itemtype=75&easi=true

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Sway Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7SH

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Phone: 01590 622296

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E-mail : enquiries@cottagelodge.co.uk