20th Century Garden

Escape to Hampton Court's historic arboretum

Escape to Hampton Court's historic arboretum

When

Open daily


Ticketing information


Included in palace admission (members go free)

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The 20th Century Garden is a hidden gem within the expanse of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

It is a peaceful setting tucked away in the corner of the palace gardens. Autumn is a perfect time to visit, when the trees begin their transformation for winter with an array of colour.

Unusual or historic varieties in the 20th Century Garden include Eucalyptus, Paperbark Birch and Paperbark Cherry. Paperbark Birches have fantastic ornamental bark and the Paperbark Cherry has incredible shiny orange/red bark which can be polished to a burnished bronze colour.

How the garden evolved

Historically, this area would have been considered part of Home Park, until 1890 when the Superintendent of Hampton Court Pleasure Gardens was handed responsibility of the park and it became an empty garden enclosure.

In the latter part of the 20th century, the garden was turned into an arboretum, a term generally used to describe a botanical tree collection. The area saw the arrival of many plants, including ornamental conifers, and several scare and unusual plants, such as a collection of rare hollies or ilex species.

A green, white and yellow floral display in a period panelled room
Events Things to see

The much-loved Florimania extravaganza returns, bringing the palace to life with vibrant floral displays and the sweet scents of spring.

20 - 22 March 2020

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A lady and four young children walk down stone steps on the South Terrace towards the Jubilee Parterre. The South Façade of the Hillsborough Castle is visible in the background and a blue sky hangs above. The sun is shining brightly and highlights the nearby box-trimmed hedges and white flowers.
Things to see

Discover a charming formal garden and find out why the castle's 19th-century summer house is so unusual.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Great Pagoda at Kew surrounded by blue sky and green trees
Highlights Things to see

See The Great Pagoda at Kew Palace, now returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Closed until 3 April 2020 for winter.

Kew Palace

11:00 - 15:00

Separate ticket

Lifestyle imagery of picnic ware

Shop Picnicware

Enjoy fine dining outdoors with our magnificent picnic hampers. Discover our luxury hampers and exquisite picnic blankets.

From £19.99

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.

£19.99

Luxury peacock hanging decoration with exquisite embroidered design

Luxury peacock hanging decoration

Bring a sparkling touch to your Christmas tree with our glittering luxury hanging decoration in the shape of a peacock.

£12.99