Welcome to Hergest Croft Gardens
We are delighted to announce that we are now OPEN daily, 11.30 - 5.00; no pre-booking is necessary. Please continue to observe all relevant government guidelines - thank you!
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 and can be purchased through the Estate Office on 01544 230160
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES: Our Autumn Plant Fair will be held on Sunday, 10 October, from 10.00 to 4.30. A wide range of specialist nurseries offering rare and unusual plants, plus craft, charity and produce stalls. Visitors are welcome to walk round the gardens to see the spectacular autumn colour. Normal admission price: £7.00, under 16s free.
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.
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION - information and rules on the News page. Closing date 30 September 2021.
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.