Hergest Croft Gardens

Hergest Croft Gardens(Kington)

Hergest Croft Gardens
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自然与野生动物区 • 花园 • 景观步行区
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Hayley A
英国切尔滕纳姆19 条分享
夫妻情侣
Lovely friendly staff who are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the site. Immaculate and beautiful gardens and the kitchen garden is spectacular! The cafe is also lovely with great range of options and a lovely terrace to look out over the grounds.
撰写日期:2022年7月13日
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Hi Hayley Thanks you for your lovely review it is always lovely to know what people have enjoyed. You obviously appreciated many areas of the gardens and I have passed on your comments to staff. Hope to see you again
撰写日期:2022年7月19日
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martin h
英国舍伯恩2 条分享
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Hergest is a must everytime we holiday in Wales. Beautiful gardens. Well tended plants for sale. The tearoom is excellent. Lovely fresh food, lovely staff and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for lovely day.
撰写日期:2022年6月21日
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Thank you Martin for your review, so glad your visit and that you come to see us each time. Hope to see you again soon.
撰写日期:2022年7月4日
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pam y
英国Harvington985 条分享
We visited in June 2022 sadly most of the flowers/bushes were past their best
That is prob due to the weather we have had this year
It was raining for our visit sadly a lot of the paths are on lawn so feet get wet
Would suggest it you visit go May time and on a nice day
Cafe good
撰写日期:2022年6月19日
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Many thanks for your review. Unfortunately you chose the one weekend we had rain and we usually advice customers to stick to the gravel paths if they don't have suitable footwear. In the arboretum it is grass due to the nature of this area but there are plenty areas that are not lawned. At present the only plants that are really starting to go over are the rhododendrons and azaleas but many other things are out and the herbaceous borders are changing daily. The plants soon bounce back after the rain which they did need.
撰写日期:2022年6月21日
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machinmad
英国Yaxley2,121 条分享
We visited on a sunny day and saw the gardens in their full glory. The azaleas were in full bloom in both the formal gardens and the wooded ravine. The boarders and rockeries were full of colour and the lawns neatly cut. There wasn't a weed in the kitchen garden and the fruit trees were in flower. The terrace was full of people enjoying the delights of the small café.

Bees and wildlife buzzed around the whole garden happily and there are plenty of seats to stop and just admire the view. It's only £7 to get in; an absolute steal for a visit to this peaceful and tranquil garden.
撰写日期:2022年5月30日
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Many thanks for your lovely review. You obviously enjoyed the gardens and tearoom thoroughly so pleased hope to see you again as the gardens are equally beautiful in the autumn
撰写日期:2022年6月21日
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Carol B
英国伯明翰5,777 条分享
Thursday 28th April 2022, My husband and I decided to go to visit Hergest Croft Gardens, which has been owned and run by the ‘Banks’ family for over 200 years, and five generations of them have planted exotic trees and gardened on the Hergest Estate.

The founder of Hergest Croft Gardens was William Hartland Banks (1867-1930) who was a banker, traveller, photographer, gardener and passionate plants man. He married Dorothy Alford (1866-1937) in 1893 and they had Dick and three daughters. Dorothy too was passionate about plants having read natural science at Cambridge.

They built Hergest Croft in 1895 and together they laid out the garden without any professional help although they were much influenced by the writings of William Robinson. Planting continued throughout their lifetime. In 1912 they bought the Hergest Estate including Park Wood and Hergest Court. Many of these trees and shrubs are amongst the earliest plantings of these species in Britain, including introductions from China by Ernest ("Chinese") Wilson for Veitch Nurseries.

The next member of the family was Richard ‘Dick’ Alford Banks (1902-1997) who was an industrialist and Director of ICI. Dick grew up at Hergest Croft and travelled widely with ICI. He lived in Cheshire until 1953 when he returned to Hergest Croft with his first wife, Jane (b1912- 1972) and their children, Lawrence, Peter and Margaret.

Dick Banks brought back the gardens from the neglect caused by World War II, as the house had been requisitioned. He also planted a huge number of trees and shrubs. His interest in maples and birches formed two National Collections. His widow and second wife Rosamund, co-founder of the famous florists Pulbrook & Gould, still continues to care for Park Wood.

Hergest Croft Gardens then came under the care of William Lawrence Banks(b1938) and his wife, Elizabeth (b1941) who have managed the Gardens since 1988 and live at Ridgebourne. They have two sons, Edward and Richard, four grandchildren and three dogs. Lawrence was a banker and Treasurer of the Royal Horticultural Society and Elizabeth is a noted landscape architect and was RHS President from 2010-2013.
In 2017 she was awarded a CBE for services to horticulture. They have continued the tradition of planting newly introduced plants, particularly in the Maple Grove, which they designed and have planted since 1985.

The present day care of Hergest Croft Gardens is under the care of Edward Joseph Banks (b1967) who took over the management of the Estate in 2010. He is married to Julia and they have two children, Freddie born in 1999 and Lucy born in 2002.

In keeping with the ‘Banks’ family tradition he is a banker and a lawyer, and Julia is a teacher and they both care passionately about the Hergest Croft Estate.

My husband and I took a three hour stroll around this lovely estate with its wonderful flowering azaleas, creamy magnolias and stunning rhododendrons in vibrant colours. We walked amongst wonderful specimen trees including a handkerchief tree, oaks, cedars and apple trees with pink and white blossoms.

The grounds were covered with bluebells and everywhere you looked there was an abundance of amazing spring flowers including; tulips in myriad colours of wine, scarlet, yellow, orange and white interweaved with Blue forget-me-knots in amongst wonderful green foliage. Yellow daffodils and white narcissi peeking out from rocks and mosses, it really was a wonderful vista. Inspiration called to me whilst I was here in this lovely garden and I wrote two poems called ‘Spring Smiles’ and ‘Life’s Enigma’.

Afterwards, My husband and I were in need of refreshments so we visited ‘The Mable Tearoom in the lovely Edwardian house. We were seated at a nice table in the window overlooking the lawn. We looked at the menu with its nice selection of light lunches, sandwiches and cakes and made our selection.

My husband had a pot of Ceylon tea with a large slice of lemon and elderflower cake, which he said was delicious. I had a traditional cream tea with warm fruit scones, raspberry jam and whipped cream, which was scrummy and very decadent. I washed this down with a very nice latte coffee. My husband and I spent a pleasant hour here before we collected our car and drove back to our hotel.
撰写日期:2022年5月16日
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Hi Carol What a wonderful review and thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely article. You sound like you had a thoroughly good day. Hopefully we will see you again the autumn colours are truly spectacular too. It would be lovely to see your poems. It is a shame we only have a photographic competition but would love to publish them on our board on Autumn Plant Fair if you were willing.
撰写日期:2022年5月18日
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ermieHereford
英国赫里福德42 条分享
I grew up in Kington but spend my childhood exploring Park Wood rather than the more formal gardens but have now visited both on several occasions. Always something new to see. A brochure is provided to help on your walk through the gardens. Well maintained paths and beautiful specimens from all over the world. Benchs to stop sit rest and just breathe. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. Oh and a great tea room attached
撰写日期:2022年5月15日
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Thanks so much for your lovely review. Good to know you are still visiting and enjoying the lovely gardens, the tearoom is always a good way to finish the experience
撰写日期:2022年5月18日
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Julian M
英国Banwell52 条分享
4 adults, all gardening enthusiasts visited in early May 2022, almost the perfect time for this wonderful garden of acers, rhododendrons and acers. The planting was unobtrusively careful so that where a shrub was past its finest show, there would be another approaching its peak. This was like revisiting Leonardslee in Sussex, another great display garden. The shop had magnificent specimen plants as well as cheaper ones, and we have 2 which will grace our Somerset garden. Go NOW!
撰写日期:2022年5月10日
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Julian Thank you so much for a lovely review and wonderful that you have something now to remember us by in your garden in Somerset. Hopefully we will see you again. The gardens are equally as stunning later in the year
撰写日期:2022年5月18日
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Dawn A
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We visited this morning and were greeted by a friendly and pleasant lady on the till. The gardens were disappointing. It was overgrown in places with weeds and the lawns needed cutting. Visited the tea rooms, were barely acknowledged. Upon ringing the bell to be seated, as was made clear to do so, was told by an elderly waitress in a rude manner, 'I'm stood right behind you.' I didn't see her her at all. Still had to wait to be seated, we eventually were. Sat for around 15mins waiting to be acknowledged. We then decided to leave. My husband was already browsing the plants for sale as I was gathering my belongings and was confronted by the same elderley waitress who stated, 'I am very confused.' I assumed this was because she could see were had chosen to leave without making a fuss. Her rudeness, terrible tone and confrontational attitude is one I have never experienced in such a setting.

Overall disappointing with inexcusable terrible customer service.

Good customer service in the tea rooms. Just to be spoken to with politeness and respect!
撰写日期:2022年4月18日
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Hi I'm so sorry you were disappointed in your visit to the gardens and the tearooms. Usually we are complimented on the service customers receive and how wonderful the gardens are. Unfortunately it is not possible to have all areas of the gardens to be immaculate at all times. The lawns have to be cut when we do not have customers present for safety reasons and we have to do this at suitable times to coincide with weather conditions. I will pass on your comments to everyone in the team and hope that you may visit again and have a better experience.
撰写日期:2022年4月19日
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HKS129
英国伦敦7 条分享
家庭
A tranquil place spoilt by poor customer service today. The basics must surely always be a smile and hello, yet we didn't receive either. Suggest the lady on your till this afternoon recives basic customer service training and we will gladly be back. Thank you
撰写日期:2022年4月17日
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Hi thanks you for review and so sorry that you did not have a pleasant experience at reception. I will make sure we speak to the lady in question. Please feel free to ring the estate office if you plan to visit again and I will personally make sure I am there on reception to hopefully make your visit a more pleasant experience.
撰写日期:2022年4月19日
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Penguini18
英国巴斯6 条分享
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What a wonderful visit. The gardens are truly stunning - in spring we found the camellias and rhododendrons magical, as well as the Persian carpet of flowers in the kitchen garden.

The cafe served an incredible Victoria Sponge and the staff were all very helpful and friendly. Our 6 year old said the gardens were the highlight of her day, praise indeed! Thank you for such generous hospitality.
撰写日期:2022年4月7日
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Oh what a lovely review and so lovely that your little one enjoyed their visit. High praise indeed and a budding garden enthusiast. Hope to see you again
撰写日期:2022年4月19日
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