Ventnor Botanic Garden is one of the youngest botanic gardens in Britain. Commenced in 1970 as the Steephill Pleasure Gardens the potential of the site was soon recognised by the Late Sir Harold Hillier, the internationally famous plantsman of Winchester. With great assistance from his nurseries the task of planning and developing was undertaken with a wealth of plant material being introduced to the 22 acre site. The limiting factors of the site, shallow alkaline soil and salt laden winds from the south and west were dealt with by a careful selection of plants. Within two years the plantings had created enough interest for the garden to be officially opened on the Isle of Wight and for the alteration of the name to Ventnor Botanic Garden.