Hergest Croft Gardens, Gardens Kington, Herefordshire - England where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales

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Ridgebourne Road Kington Herefordshire England
Welcome to Hergest Croft Gardens. Hergest Croft Gardens lie in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. With a Gift Shop and Tearooms the Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. Hergest Croft Gardens extend over 28 ha (70 acres) with more than 5000 rare trees and shrubs described as ‘one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in Britain’. The six distinct areas are Hergest Croft Garden, the Azalea Garden and the Maple Grove, the Kitchen Garden and the Park and Park Wood. Hergest Croft- Croquet Lawn, Conservatory, Rockery, Slate Garden. Azalea Garden- dominated by a massive avenue of blue cedars planted in 1900. Spectacular azaleas combine with a huge range of exotic trees. Maple Grove- contains many new plants introduced by recent collectors from the Far East and elsewhere. Kitchen Garden- traditional vegetable and fruit garden, Spring Border, ancient apple trees, herbaceous border, iris borders, English and old fashioned roses. Park Wood- secluded valley hidden deep with an ancient oak wood containing over 12ha (30 acres) of giant rhododendrons and exotic trees that create a Himalayan scene that will surprise and amaze you. The Tearoom: The Tearoom is in the Old Dining Room but teas can also be served on the Veranda and outside along the Terrace. Ridgeway Catering provide a waitress service and offers delicious home-made cakes, welsh cakes, cream teas, and light lunches. The tea room has received the ‘Flavours of Herefordshire’ Award Scheme. Morning coffee, special lunches and teas are available for groups on request. Plant Sales: The Plant Sales area lies outside the Conservatory. Many rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials are available. Many raised in the garden, some from wild seed. A wide range of birches and maples are usually offered. Gift Shop: The Gift Shop is located in the Hall. There is something for everyone from toys to puzzles; cards to china; bits and pieces for gardeners, jams and condiments, and a wide range of gifts associated with gardening.
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