A 3 acre walled and sheltered traditional country garden, well known for its naturalised bulbs, special snowdrops, a sea of wild crocus, hellebores, perennials in harmonious colours, punctuated by box balls. Loved by old and young, there are swings and a treehouse. Many seats, with views for miles to the south, increasing wildlife and butterflies. In 2017 a visitor said 'a heavenly garden'.
Good butterflies in early July. A great place to relax.
Sunday 18 February, Monday 19 February, Sunday 25 February, Monday 26 February (2 - 4.30pm). Admission £4.00, children free.
Sunday 15, Monday 16 April, Sunday 6, Monday 7, Sunday 20 May (2 - 5.30pm). Admission £5.00, children free.
Home-made teas in the village hall.
Refreshments in aid of Crawley Village Hall Trust (except for group visits).
Visitors also welcome by arrangement February to July with home-made teas in the garden. Admission £6.00, children free.
This garden also opens as part of Crawley Gardens on Friday 30 March, Monday 2 April.
Mrs A R Elkington
How to find us
Little Court, Crawley, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2PU
5m NW of Winchester. Between B3049 (Winchester - Stockbridge) & A272 (Winchester - Andover) 400yds from either pond or church.
More about Little Court
This 3 acre garden dates from the C18. In the Victorian apple orchard, thousands of scented crocus tommasinianus have naturalised, giving an unforgettable spectacle in February, weather permitting. These are followed by Narcissi 'White Lady', then snakes-head Fritillaries, finally Tulip sprengerii in late May.There are seven contrasting sections divided by flint walls
The grass paths link one part to another evoking a different character
After the bulbs are over there are many herbaceous plants and climbers on the walls also an immaculate lawn. Further from the house the garden becomes less formal, and naturalistic. In the small copse, there is woodland planting. has a view many square miles across undulating countryside. There are wild flowers which increase each year. Returning past a close mown roundel of cowslips in May. Finally, there is a traditional walled kitchen garden with vegetables and fruit, and free range bantams
The garden is a paradise for children, with various swings and paths to explore and treehouse and an I-Spy quiz. It is also a favourite with artists and photographers, and has appeared in many books and magazines. Plants grown in the garden are for sale.
At the end is an unspoilt panoramic view to the South, to Cheesefoot Head and Farley Mount, towards rolling Hampshire downland. Visitors love the tranquil atmosphere of the garden which has been open for NGS since 1984.
Featured in many magazines over the years