Banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour and exotic Chilean fire trees light up the gardens. Secret paths lead past drifts of Primulas to quiet scented glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest to the Isle of Wight.

Many varieties of Rhododendron and Azaleas have been tended by generations of gardeners and are enhanced by age. Some are very rare and cannot be seen elsewhere, being from the pre-hybridisation era. Now very large, Rhododendrons such as the Macabeanum, 'Tally-Ho' and 'Cynthia' can be enjoyed in Spring.

At this time of year we have to take care not to walk on the thousands of crocus, snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. There are drifts of miniature daffodil, Narcissus cyclamineus underlying the birch trees.

During the season many other bulbs can be seen including Leucojums, Erythroniums, Fritillarias and Camassias.

In the Water Garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a small collection of conifers. The lake is stocked with Golden Orfe, Golden Rudd, Mirror Carp and a few Roach to help keep the bottom clean.