The Gardens Today

Over 200 years old, the Hill Close gardens are still blooming!

Snowdrops ready for plantingHill Close Gardens

Hillclose Snowdrops

There are more than 130 different varieties of snowdrops within the gardens and are the highlight of our first event of the year that includes a special indoor display. 

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Ancient orchard

The gardens count as an ancient orchard because fruit trees have been grown on the site for more than 100 years. Most of the apples were discovered before 1900 and there are displays of the different ways to grow them. 

Fruit tree blossomHill Close Gardens

Weathervane with flowersHill Close Gardens


Through the gardens each plot has a different character as would have been the case in Victorian days. Following on from their tradition there are vegetables, flowers, soft fruit and top fruit and a lawn, and in many a summerhouse. 

View from pergola to glasshouse (Circa 2010) by Hill Close GardensHill Close Gardens


The glass house is used for a mixture of purposes, propagating for the nursery and for the garden as well as housing a growing collection of sempervivums and other plants which need winter protection such as the aeoniums.  

Plot 16 summerhouseHill Close Gardens

Saved from extinction

The rare plant border in Plot 17 is a collection of plants which have been saved from extinction through Plant Heritage. 

Purple irisHill Close Gardens

They are perennials and rarely seen in commercial nurseries and include iris siberica, asters and hemerocallis. The Aster Hill Close Blue was discovered as a seedling in the garden. 

Purple primrosesHill Close Gardens

Among the many different Michaelmas Daisies is 'Noreen' named after one of the influential horticulturists who played an important role in the restoration of the gardens. 

ChrysanthemumsHill Close Gardens

The Chrysanthemums are part of a dispersed Plant Heritage national Collection of Hardy Boarder Chrysanthemums and make an amazing display in late autumn. 

Summerhouse through a hole in a treeHill Close Gardens

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