Welcome to Apple Court Garden! This beautiful, ornamental garden was created almost 30 years ago, in the abandoned, walled kitchen garden of Yeatton House, by renowned horticulturists, Diana Grenfell and Roger Grounds. The formal garden extends to just over one acre, situated in rich farmlands on the edge of the New Forest, just one mile from the sea and the coastal village of Milford on Sea. It is a plant lovers paradise, packed with unusual and mature flowers, shrubs and trees from around the world.
The garden was designed as a series of garden rooms, each intended to create a distinct visual impression and to have a microclimate well suited to the particular plants chosen. The wind blows hard near the coast and the garden’s structure was partly dictated by the need to break the force of these coastal winds. Luckily the mature oaks and alders along the perimeter also keep us sheltered.
The garden has different interests which succeed each other throughout the year. The season starts with snowdrops and hellebores, followed by pulmonarias and tulips. The Hosta Walk comes into its own in April and is followed by roses and the daylily collection, which holds centre stage until the grasses take over through August and into winter. Perhaps the most striking room of the garden is the White Garden, featured in Grenfell and Grounds’ book of the same name; a stunning ellipse of pleached hornbeam, and circular lawn provide the back drop for the variety of plants, all of which flowers white at different times of the year. For others, the most memorable part of the garden is the authentic Japanese Garden, where you leave the modern world behind and step into an oasis of koi carp, Japanese maples and bamboo.
The Garden also features a Hosta Walk, Exotic borders, Grass borders, a Fern Walk, Woodland borders, many day lilies, and other unusual plants.
Apple Court is under new ownership and is undergoing some renovation. We hope to open in May 2017; please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information on opening times and regular updates.
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