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>
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The plant nursery is open every weekday throughout the year and when the Gardens are open at weekends from Easter to mid-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.
A chance conversation at the 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>
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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.
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>
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>
Summer opening hours 2013
Friday, 29 March to Sunday, 13 October
Mon - Thurs, 10.30 am - 3.30 pm (cafe closed)
Fri, 10.30 am - 2.oo pm (cafe closed)
Fri, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm (cafe open)
Sat, 11.00 am - 5.00 pm (cafe open)
Sun, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm (cafe open)
Bank Hol Mon, 11.00 am - 5.00 pm (cafe open)
Winter opening hours 2013
Until 28 March, then from 14 October
Mon - Fri, 11.00 am - 3.00 pm (cafe closed)
Sat - Sun, Gardens 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.
The collection of historic apples is one of the outstanding horticultural features at the Gardens. More>
In spring and early summer the fruit blossom and spring bulbs are at their best. More>
Summer is the time to see the prolific displays of flowers and buy produce grown by our gardeners. More>
Early autumn is one of the best times to visit the gardens. See asters and chrysanthemums at their best. More>
Visiting the gardens in the winter is the best time to see the structure of the individual gardens.
Tyler Rooke, the first government sponsored horticultural
apprentice at the gardens
Hill Close Gardens Trust currently has no paid job-opportunities.
However we are always looking for volunteers to help in the gardens and the Visitor Centre cafe, or to help with the education activities. More>
Hill Close Gardens and National Gardens Scheme Competition winners