Hergest Croft Gardens
With stunning views towards the Black Mountains, the gardens have spectacular spring and autumn colour. Created over 120 years by four generations of the Banks family, they now extend to more than 70 acres, containing more than 5,000 rare trees and shrubs. Hergest Croft Gardens holds the National Collection of maples, birches and zelkovas, plus over 80 'champion' trees. The Terraces are planted with tulips in spring, changing to a striking blue and white colour scheme in late summer. The large Rockery has been renovated, and the Slate Garden features edging in five varieties of box. The Croquet Lawn is a peaceful green space, surrounded by high clipped yew hedges. Hergest has an impressive collection of azaleas, together with a huge variety of unusual trees.
Started in 1985, Maple Grove contains many new plants, introduced from all over the world. In addition to a traditional vegetable garden, the Kitchen Garden features a spring border, ancient apple trees, and a long double herbaceous border. New beds of old-fashioned roses have been created for 2020. The outer part of Park Wood, half a mile from the gardens, is retained as natural beech and oak woodland, carpeted with anemones and bluebells in spring, whilst around the central pond a benign microclimate enables an astonishing number of rare trees and rhododendrons to flourish.
Opening Times: Weekends only from Saturday 7 March 2020, 11.30 - 5.00 pm, then daily from Monday 30 March to Sunday 1 November 11.30 - 5.00 pm
Admission Rates: Adults £7.00, children under 16 free.
Group Rates: Pre-booked groups of 20+ £6.00 per person. Pre-booked groups of 20+ £8.00 per person with guided tour
Annual season ticket £27 per person, useable 365 days a year
Facilities: Over 70 acres of gardens and woodland. Rare and unusual plants for sale. Gift shop. Ridgeway Catering serves light lunches and home-made teas in the dining room. Dogs on leads welcome. Picnics allowed. Free car parking.
Disabled Access: Toilet and parking for disabled visitors. Many areas of the gardens are accessible to wheelchairs.
Events: Spring Fair Sunday 10 May 10 - 5.30. Nurseries selling rare and unusual plants, craft, produce and charity stalls with an emphasis on 'BEES & TREES'. Free guided walk to see the glorious rhododendrons. Autumn Fair Sunday 11
October 10 - 4.30. A great opportunity to buy from a wide range of nurseries for autumn planting, and a free guided walk to enjoy the spectacular autumn colour. Lots of other events this year including foraging, photography, learning about pollinators and identifying fungi. Please see our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for details.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 2 - 4 hours
Booking contact: Mrs Melanie Lloyd, Hergest Estate Office, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3EG
Telephone: 01544 230160
Location: Ridgebourne Road, Kington HR5 3EG. Follow brown tourist signs from Kington.
Updated: December 2019