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Hilltop

Gillingham

Summer at Hilltop is a gorgeous riot of colour and scent, the old thatched cottage barely visible amongst the flowers. Unusual annuals and perennials grow alongside the traditional and familiar, boldly combining to make a spectacular display, which attracts an abundance of wildlife. Always something new, the unique, gothic garden loo a great success.
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    This popular, peaceful and very rural garden is set in the very heart of Thomas Hardy country surrounded by fields with long views over the Blackmore Vale to distant misty blue hills.

    Upon entering the garden through the little wooden latch gate you will find the most amazing mix of hardy perennials, unusual annuals and many different dahlias. Winding grass paths flow between lawns, borders, ponds and pergolas and other unique garden features, all designed and created by Brian & Josse.

    The garden, full of colour and interest; is focused around an old thatched cottage and an ancient, shady oak. Many seats allow the visitor to contemplate this striking and unusual garden from many angles and at a leisurely pace .The owners, Brian and Josse Emerson, willingly answer any questions about the garden or the plants.

    Refreshments are on offer in the garden or conservatory. A large mug of tea or coffee with home-made cake is very welcome after a stimulating afternoon.

Press and Media Coverage

Featurd in Amateur Gardener (July 2017) and Garden News (July 2018).

Hilltop- Canceled

Refreshments:

On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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Owner Information

Josse & Brian Emerson
http://www.hilltopgarden.co.uk

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How to find us

Hilltop
Woodville
Stour Provost
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 5LY

7m N of Sturminster Newton, 5m W of Shaftesbury.
  • More detailed directions
    On B3092 turn E at Stour Provost Xrds, signed Woodville. After 1¼m thatched cottage on R. On A30, 4m W of Shaftesbury, turn S opp Kings Arms. 2nd turning on R signed Woodville, 100 yds on L.

More about Hilltop

This popular, peaceful and very rural garden is set in the very heart of Thomas Hardy country surrounded by fields with long views over the Blackmore Vale to distant misty blue hills.

Upon entering the garden through the little wooden latch gate you will find the most amazing mix of hardy perennials, unusual annuals and many different dahlias. Winding grass paths flow between lawns, borders, ponds and pergolas and other unique garden features, all designed and created by Brian & Josse.

The garden, full of colour and interest; is focused around an old thatched cottage and an ancient, shady oak. Many seats allow the visitor to contemplate this striking and unusual garden from many angles and at a leisurely pace .The owners, Brian and Josse Emerson, willingly answer any questions about the garden or the plants.

Refreshments are on offer in the garden or conservatory. A large mug of tea or coffee with home-made cake is very welcome after a stimulating afternoon.

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