About the Gardens There are 10 acres of enchanting woodland gardens to explore, with something for every age and every season. Informal paths lead to captivating sights and scents with views across the New Forest to the Isle of Wight. The Gardens, first planted in 1922, now contain an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. It's perfect for children too. The Gardens through the Seasons In Spring the garden start the year with a display with thousands of crocus, daffodils and bluebells, soon followed by our renowned collection of Azaleas and Rhododendrons, including rare species from the pre-hybridisation era. Drifts of Primulas lead to quiet scented glades full of ferns and foxgloves and the sound of insects busy collecting nectar. In summer, there are large herbaceous plantings around the cottage garden and many other borders which carry the colour and scent on through the season, as well as a range of summer flowering shrubs. Autumn is a blaze of colourful displays. In recent years we have been replanting our tree stock with particular attention to good autumn colour and the garden now offers a fantastic display as the trees go into winter. Particularly outstanding are our many specimens of species such as Acer, Amelanchier, Disanthus, Enkianthus, Hamamelis, Liquidamber, Parrotia and Sorbus. In winter, the collection of Heathers at Furzey provides bloom through the colder months and the Erica x darleyensis Furzey, which originated in this garden, is now accepted worldwide as one of the best winter-flowering hybrids.