Inspirational, imaginatively designed and comprehensively planted ⅓ acre Victorian villa garden, now in its 12th year of opening for the NGS. Explore meandering paths set amongst structural planting and delight in the flowering trees and shrubs (many rare), bulbs and herbaceous planting of this tranquil and welcoming garden. Several seating areas throughout garden.
Features incl a self-guide leaflet, children’s quiz, and a display of original art by owners in the Garden Room Gallery.
Saturday 27 May, Sunday 28 May, Monday 29 May (2 - 5pm). Admission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas in the Old Laundry.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement May & June for groups of 10+. Please enquire about price when booking. Home-made teas.
This garden also makes a donation to The Children's Society.
Mary & Peter York
How to find us
Atheling Villas, 16 Atheling Road, Hythe, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 6BR
W side of Southampton Water. At M27 J2, take A326 for Hythe & Fawley. Cross all r'abouts until Dibden r'about. L to Hythe. After Shell garage take 2nd L & immed R.
More about Atheling Villas
Visitors' comments encapsulate why so many people make repeat visits to our garden. These include; 'inspirational, one of the best gardens I have ever visited', 'beautiful garden, so well maintained', 'you deserve a Chelsea Gold Medal - nothing less', 'breathtaking', 'fantastic', 'beautiful scent from top to bottom', 'absolutely stunning', 'a little piece of heaven in the heart of Hythe'. Hampshire Life magazine described the garden as 'a perfect oasis - an enchanting garden with layers of seasonal colour'. During the years of opening for the NGS, the garden has matured and has been improved by extending the planting areas and increasing the range of plants. The design of the front garden reflects the architecture of the house and its planting has been selected to suit its sunny aspect. Near the front door, mainly evergreen and aromatic plants including trachelospermums, dregea and shrubby salvias have been planted. The informal rear garden unfolds as you wander its paths. The structural trees and shrubs are complemented by areas of ericaceous, sunny and woodland herbaceous, deep shade and drought-resistant planting. The many unusual tree and shrub species include sophora microphylla 'Sun King', staphylea bumalda with its fragrant panicles of white flowers and the showy yellow flowers of unusual piptanthus nepalensis. The cornus genus is well represented, from the ground-hugging cornus canadensis through winter-interest coloured stems to the tree cornus 'Gloria Birkett', raised locally, cornus 'Ormonde', cornus kousa 'Chinensis' and cornus kousa 'Satomi'. The SW-facing wall is home to trained fruit including apples, pears, plums, apricot, fig and soft fruit. Our recycling facilities include a range of compost and leaf bins as well as a wormery. Most plants are labelled using a professional system in order to increase visitors' understanding and appreciation. The self-guide leaflet is specially prepared for each opening and highlights plants of current interest. Plants for sale are propagated from our garden stock, enabling visitors to buy plants they have seen during their visit. Works of garden art complement the natural planting.