Furzey Gardens and Will Selwood Gallery, Minstead, Hampshire, SO43 7GL
Telephone: 023 8081 2464
The Gardens comprise eight acres of delightful informal landscape with extensive views over the New Forest towards the Isle of Wight.
Beautiful banks of azaleas and rhododendrons, heathers, ferns, water garden, the strange bottle brush tree, flaming Chilean Fire trees and many other features including 3 delightful children’s play log cabins.
The gardens have an international reputation in horticultural and botanical circles with much to interest the visitor all year round.
The Forest Cottage is believed to have been built in the 16th century of timbers from the Tudor boatyards at Lymington.
Of particular interest is the original fireback and bread oven.
The Gallery is an interesting building of timber and thatch opened in 1974 to enable many local artists and craftsmen to display their work.
There is an adjacent nursery run by the Minstead Training Project for people with learning disabilities and many of the plants and shrubs grown here are available for sale.
Proceeds, after maintenance, go to the Minstead Training Project and various charities.