Welcome to Hergest Croft Gardens
We are now OPEN daily, 11.30 - 5.00; no pre-booking is necessary. We will be closing for this year on 31 October, so if you've been thinking about visiting to see our trees in their spectacular autumn colour, come and see us soon!
Breaking News! Maples Tearoom will be open throughout November on Wednesdays and Sundays, 10.00 to 3.30, plus a special Christmas lunch on 5th December - further details on the 'Tearoom and Shop' page.
Our new short film by Paul Eggerton of Curious Egg Film & TV, made possible by Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire is now on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPy8JOggL8k
Maples Tearoom serves delicious home cooked food, made from locally sourced ingredients: light lunches, cream teas, cakes and Kelsmor Dairies ice cream. Also really good coffee! (May we gently remind visitors that if you bring your own picnic, we would prefer you to eat this only in the car park or the orchard - thank you)
Dogs on leads are welcome.
A season ticket gives admission to the gardens every day of the year; they cost £27.00 each, run for a full twelve months, and can be purchased through the Estate Office on 01544 230160
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION - we have winners!! Many congratulations to Max Snow, winner of the under 16 section, and to Tommo Jackson, highly commended in this section. The over 16 section was won by Alison Hembrow - many congratulations for submitting a wonderful image. Highly commended were: Kevin Dickens, Michael Bennett, Steve Adams, Stuart Greatorex, Zeynep Greatorex and David Brock. Huge thanks to the wonderful professional garden photographer Carole Drake for her eloquent judging. We will definitely be running another photo competition next year, so do please watch this space, and many, many thanks to everyone who entered - we had more than 250 entries, all of them beautiful and inspired. It was such a joy to see so many interpretations of the gardens ...
Our Autumn Plant Fair on Sunday, 10 October was a huge success, with hundreds of happy visitors buying plants and enjoying the gardens! The weather was wonderful: mild, sunny; all the trees looked gorgeous in the golden light. Contact details for the stallholders are on the Events page.
PLANT SALES - NEW SEASON STOCK IS IN! Including birch (21 different varieties), wisteria (15 varieties), ornamental Japanese cherries (15 varieties), hamamelis (all colours: yellow, orange and red - wonderful winter colour from December to March), sorbus, malus, plus a small selection of eating apple trees in pots including Charles Ross, Herefordshire Russet and Scrumptious - all of which can be seen growing in the Gardens. We also have a lovely selection of Japanese maples (illustrated above) in a wide range of sizes and prices. Please phone our Head Gardener, Steve Lloyd, on 07968 435627 if you are looking for something in particular.
A delightful response from one of our recent visitors: "We visited Hergest today, September 7th. We had such a lovely visit that I thought it well worthwhile making contact to leave a comment or two. Although we arrived before the official opening time we were fortunate enough to meet your head gardener,Steve, who obviously has green fingers but is also a great conversationalist and has such an amazing fund of horticultural knowledge. The outcome of this was being able to acquire an Acer which I had only seen once fifteen years ago. We had a delightful stroll around the gardens and our visit was then enhanced even further when we had lunch in the tea room. I wonder where you managed to find such a cheerful and friendly group of ladies to look after your customers and to serve up top quality food. Our plant purchases were even carried to the car by Angela your delightful receptionist. What an experience, congratulations to them all."
Set in the heart of the Welsh Marches, this 70 acre garden has stunning views towards the Black Mountains. Created over 120 years by four generations of the Banks family, Hergest Croft has a unique collection of over 5,000 rare plants, trees and shrubs as well as more than 90 'Champion' trees. There are gorgeous flower borders, an old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood. Spectacular spring and autumn colour make this a garden for all seasons.