The Gardens at Hampton Court
The Gardens at Hampton Court Herefordshire are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time.
As you enter through the Victorian walled ornamental kitchen garden you’ll be stunned by a vibrant display of tulips. Tulipa ‘Ballerina’, ‘China Pink’, ‘Mariette’, ‘Jan Rhuess’, ‘May Time’, ‘Burgundy’ and ‘David Tenniers’. Also rows of tulips in the cut flower borders will be harvested and fresh bunches grown in the garden will become available to buy in our shop.
Kitchen Garden apple and pear espaliers and orchard fruit trees are looking stunning in full bloom and smelling fantastic attracting many pollinating insects early on in the season. The crab apples Malus ‘John Downie’ fill the South garden with their delicate fragrance on warm sunny days.
The Exachorda macrantha ‘The Bride’ has got to be one of the largest shrubs you’ll see of this variety anywhere. With masses of delicate white flowers it lifts the South lawns making us aware that spring is here and the growing season is really starting to begin.
The best time to see the Magnolia Walk a real gem of a spring garden. Magnolia sinensis and Magnolia wilsonii are under planted with the pale cream of the Tulipa ‘Purissima’, gorgeous Fritilaria pallidiflora and the arching stems of Polygonatum odoratum (Solomn’s Seal), Smilacina racemosa (False Solomn’s Seal) and Dicentra spectabalis ‘Alba’ (White Bleeding Hearts). Contrasting with the blue of the Omphalodes verna, Brunnera macrophylia and the many varieties of Pulmonaria. (Lungwort).
During May the wisteria begins to bloom. Wisteria sinensis, Wisteria ‘Alba’, Wisteria floribunda ‘Macrobotrys’ give the Wisteria arched tunnel a succession of delicate sweet scented flowers that start in May and continue to flower into June. The flowers some years so prolific you have to part them as you walk through.
Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables. It is managed organically, supplying produce to the Orangery for its seasonal menu.
There is a maze of a thousand yews with a gothic tower at its centre. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Walk behind the waterfall and hop across the cascade stepping stones.
Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks.
Adjoining the castle, in the grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton in 1846, is the Orangery Café. Here delicious lunches and teas can be enjoyed.
Complete your day out by visiting our beautiful Garden Bothy Gift Shop where you will find plants to remind you of your visit, garden ornamentals and most unusual gifts including Fair Trade and local crafts and all at reasonable prices!