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Hill Close Gardens

The hidden hedged gardens of Warwick's Hill Close Gardens ...

are rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by townsfolk living above their business to escape from the crowded town. Discover how owners came here after work or on Sundays to tend their plots or to relax.

Weekday Entry to the Gardens, Special Offer until January 30th, 2015

 

For a limited period only, a special offer voucher is available for you to download and print. More>

Please note: this offer does not apply when events are taking place.

 

Plant Nursery

 

The plant nursery is open every weekday throughout the year and when the Gardens are open at weekends from April to October.

To download the nursery stocklist More>

Please note: customers only wishing to buy plants but not to look round the gardens do not pay for admission.

 

Threatened Plants Project

 

A chance conversation at a Plant Heritage AGM has resulted in Hill Close Gardens becoming part of the largest ever cultivated plant conservation programme in the UK - the Threatened Plants Project. More>

Download the Hill Close Gardens Newsletter

 

Receive news, gardening tips and updates in the regular e-letter from Hill Close Gardens.

Download newsletter in PDF format

(PDF format, 555k download size)

 

Award-Winning
Guide Book

 

Hill Close Gardens Guidebook

In 2009, the Historic Gardens Foundation awarded Hill Close Gardens the prize for the "Best Guidebook to Gardens in England and Wales". The guide book is on sale in the Visitor Centre.

 

Want to Know what's going on in the Gardens

 

You can find out what is of special interest in the Gardens at any time throughout the year by following the Gardens Supervisor on Twitter:

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and/or Hill Close Gardens on Facebook:

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Hill Close Gardens

"Hill Close Gardens - a must place to visit for any keen gardener - was again a pleasure"

Regional Heart of England in Bloom 2013
Roger Bache, judge
(Courier Sept 13, 2013)

The Social History
These gardens are a very rare example of Victorian detached leisure gardens which were originally located on the outskirts of many towns. More>

The Restoration
Local people worked tirelessly to save Hill Close Gardens from destruction and redevelopment. The massive clearance and restoration effort that followed has created a site of national importance. More>

The Gardens Today
Today the Gardens are beautifully restored and have become a significant historic and educational amenity for the local population. More>

Winter opening hours
November to March
Gardens -
Open Mon - Fri, 11 am - 4 pm
Last entry to the Gardens, 3.3o pm
Closed Sat - Sun and over Christmas and New Year from Saturday, 20 December until Monday, 5 January.
Café - Closed
If you are travelling some distance it is advisable to check that the gardens are not closed due to winter work or adverse conditions. Tel: 01926 493339
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Summer opening hours
April to October

Gardens -
Open
every day, 11 am - 5 pm
Last entry to the Gardens, 4.3o pm
Café - Closed Mon - Fri
Open Sat, Sun, Bank Hol Mon, 11 am - 5 pm
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Hill Close Gardens Events 2014

 
  • Wednesday, 10 December, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5
    9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £2.50 for first child in family, each additional child £1
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  • Wednesday, 14 January, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5
    9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £3 for first child in family, each additional child £1, under 1's free
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  • Wednesday, 11 February, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5
    9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £3 for first child in family, each additional child £1, under 1's free
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  • Saturday, Sunday, 14-15 February, Snowdrop Weekend
    11.00 am to 4.00 pm, adults £3.50, children (5-16yrs) £1, members and children under 5yrs free
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  • Saturday, 21 February, Snowdrop Day
    11.00 am to 4.00 pm, open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme, adults £3.50, children (5-16yrs) £1, members and children under 5yrs free
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  • Saturday, 28 February, Pruning Workshop
    11.00 am to 2.00 pm, tickets: £8, members £6 (pre-booking essential)
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  • Schools Programmes
    These programmes have been developed for children aged three to eleven years
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  • Admission Charges
    Adults £3.50
    Children 5-16yrs £1, includes garden trail
    Children under 5 yrs free
    Members free
    All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Apples at Hill Close Gardens

 

The collection of historic apples is one of the outstanding horticultural features at the Gardens. More>

 

Spring at Hill Close Gardens

 

In spring and early summer the fruit blossom and spring bulbs are at their best. More>

 

Summer at Hill Close Gardens

 

Summer is the time to see the prolific displays of flowers and buy produce grown by our gardeners. More>

 

Autumn at Hill Close Gardens

 

Early autumn is one of the best times to visit the gardens. See asters and chrysanthemums at their best. More>

 

Winter at Hill Close Gardens

 

Visiting the gardens in the winter is the best time to see the structure of the individual gardens.
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Hill Close Gardens Orchard

 
The Gardens today have inherited a fascinating variety of fruit trees planted over the years by previous owners. They include pears and plums as well as apples. More>


Award-Winning Guidebook

 

Press Releases

 

Getting Ready for Christmas at Hill Close Gardens
On the afternoon of December 7 visitors to Hill Close Gardens will be able to follow the summerhouse trail looking for Santa Claus and his reindeer....
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Job Opportunities

 


Hill Close Gardens Trust currently has no full-time or part-time paid vacancies available.

We are always looking for volunteers to help in the gardens and the Visitor Centre cafe, or to help with the education activities. More>

 

Introducing Hill Close Gardens

 
Lovely Summerhouses
Rest inside the little brick summer houses and
listen to birdsong

Talk to Gardeners
Talk to the gardeners who tend the plots


Wander along the old paths
Wander along the old paths and discover
16 individual plots

Discover unusual types of fruit and vegetables
Discover unusual types of fruit and vegetables
from Victorian times

Find out how local people saved Hill Close Gardens
Find out how local people saved Hill Close Gardens
from destruction

Relax with tea and homemade cakes
Relax with tea and homemade cakes in our amazing
'green' Hill Close Centre