Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum comprising 72 hectares accommodating over 42,000 trees and shrubs in about 12,000 taxa, notably a collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron.[1]

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Hillier Arboretum view.JPG
An autumn view from the visitor centre
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is located in Hampshire
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Location in Hampshire
Nearest citySouthampton
Coordinates51°00′40″N 1°28′00″W / 51.0111°N 1.4666°W / 51.0111; -1.4666Coordinates: 51°00′40″N 1°28′00″W / 51.0111°N 1.4666°W / 51.0111; -1.4666
Operated byHampshire County Council
StatusGrade II

The Gardens are located 5 km (3 mi) northeast of the town of Romsey in Hampshire, England, and were formerly known simply as the Hillier Arboretum, founded by nurseryman Harold Hillier in June 1953 when he acquired Jermyns House and its grounds.

The arboretum was given to Hampshire County Council in 1977 to be managed as a charitable trust. Sir Harold Hillier was knighted in 1983, just two years before his death at age 80 in 1985.[1]

The gardens were listed as Grade II on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 1997.[2]


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  2. ^ Historic England. "Sir Harold Hillier gardens and arboretum (1001367)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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