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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.

What's looking good in the Gardens in August

 

As the months change so do the Gardens. To help you plan a visit this month you can read beforehand what is of special interest in the Gardens at the moment. More>

Want to Know More

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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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.

 

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
Closed Sat - Sun and Xmas Eve - New Year
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
Café - Closed Mon - Fri
Open Sat, Sun, Bank Hol Mon, 11 am - 5 pm
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Hill Close Gardens Events 2014

 
  • Wednesday, 20 August, Teddy Bears Picnic at Hill Close Gardens
    2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, £4 per child aged 3yrs and over, £1.50 per first two accompanying adults, and £3.50 for other adults.
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  • Friday, 29 August, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
    2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge for talk. Normal entry charges to the Gardens will apply.
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  • Friday, 12 September, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
    2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge for talk. Normal entry charges to the Gardens will apply.
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  • Saturday, 13 September and Sunday, 14 September, Heritage Weekend
    11.00 am to 5.00 pm on both days, free entry for all.
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  • Saturday, 20 September, History of Hill Close Gardens Guided Tour
    11.00 am to 12.00 noon, no extra charge
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  • Saturday, 27 September, National Gardens Scheme Open Day
    11.00 am to 5.00 pm
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  • Saturday, 27 September and Sunday, 28 September, Aster Weekend
    11.00 am to 5.00 pm, normal entry charges
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  • To access this year's diary of events
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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

 

In Memory of George Mills
When George Mills, a loyal volunteer at Hill Close Victorian Gardens overlooking Warwick racecourse, died in his eighties last Christmas ...........
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View press release archive »

 

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