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A former farmyard transformed into a delightful, tranquil garden set in 2 acres. Clipped box, island beds and borders planted with shrubs, roses, grasses, masses of unusual perennials and choice annuals to give vibrancy and colour into the autumn. Opens By Arrangement from May to August for groups of between 8 and 45.
Set in 2 acres, around C19 former barn. In recent years, a natural swimming pond, large shrub border, waterfall and wildflower area (with beehives) have been created. Shady woodland walks, a white border of hydrangeas, hostas and ferns lead to the beautiful established walled garden. Opens By Arrangement in June for groups of up to 40.
An exciting garden comprising a courtyard style front garden and jungle themed back packed full with vibrant unusual plants, many rare and exotic. Over 1800 different types inc over 100 Salvias and 50 Abutilons alone! A plant lover’s paradise. Opens By Arrangement from June to September for groups of all sizes.
Approached down a long drive with fine views, 4 acres of garden around Edwardian house and self-contained hamlet. Range of mature trees, lakes and flower borders. House terrace edged by rose border and featuring Lutyensesque wall fountain and game larder. Well-stocked kitchen gardens. Opens By Arrangement for May and June for groups of between 15 and 50.
Classic English garden divided into rooms. Yew hedges and topiary. Rose garden. Large herbaceous border. Late summer hot garden with grasses. Lawns. Mown walks through specimen trees. Several good places to eat nearby. Opens By Arrangement for June and July for groups of all sizes.
Hillside cottage garden built on chalk, about ⅓ acre with an interesting variety of plants in borders that line the numerous sloping pathways. Water features for wildlife and well placed seating areas to sit back and enjoy the views. Productive fruit and vegetable garden in converted paddock with raised beds and greenhouses. Opens By Arrangement from March to May for groups of up to 20.
Wander in a dramatic sunken former stone quarry, a surprising garden at the top of a hill above the seaside town of Swanage. Stone terraces with many unusual shrubs and grasses form a beautiful pattern of colour and foliage attracting happy butterflies and bees. Pieces of mediaeval London Bridge lurk in the walls. Opens By Arrangement for July and August for groups of all sizes.
Escape briefly from the cares and pressures of the world. Visit this unusual garden tucked away in an area of extraordinary peace and tranquillity chosen by the monks of Milton Abbey. The garden was created 40 years ago and is constantly evolving. Many mature and unusual trees and shrubs, numerous borders with seats to ponder and reflect. Opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of all sizes.
Mature cottage garden nestled at base of chalk downland. Herbaceous borders, rockeries, climbers and shrubs, evolved and designed over 60 yrs for year-round colour and interest. Large wildlife friendly kitchen garden for self sufficiency. Historical stone artefacts are used in the garden design. Opens By Arrangement from February to November for groups of between 8 and 20.
Combined with 21A The Square and Shadrack House, Knowle Cottage is a large 1½ acre garden with 35 metre long south facing herbaceous border with year-round colour. Formal rose garden within a circular floral planting is bound on 3 sides by lavender. Small orchard and vegetables in raised beds in adjacent walled area, with whole garden leading to small stream, and bridge to pasture. Opens By Arrangement from April to July for groups of between 10 and 15.
Garden has over 130 different tree species spread over 6 acres. Native species and many unusual specimens inc Dawn redwood, Damyio oak and Wollemi pine. Extensive snowdrop display in Feb. You can be assured of a relaxed and friendly day out, with guided tour inc if desired. Opens By Arrangement from February to May for groups of all sizes.
Traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by 3 generations of the Trehane family through over 100 yrs of farming and gardening at Hampreston. Garden is noted for its herbaceous borders and rose beds within box and yew hedges. Mature shrubbery, water and bog garden. Opens By Arrangement from May to August for groups of between 15 and 30.
A small to medium size segmented garden, sympathetic to wildlife with a small wildflower meadow and pond, part flower part fruit and vegetable, a mix for everyone. Interesting hosta pots and numerous chilli plant varieties grown from seed. Opens By Arrangement from March to September for groups of all sizes.
Hidden away in a stunning West Dorset valley, the gardens of Norwood House are full of subtle floral colour, with glorious purple, pink and white borders surrounding the house and lawns. The planting is elegant and modern, with box topiary providing formal structure, interspersed with soft planting of verbena, grasses, Alchemilla mollis and crocosmia. Opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of 10+.
Nestled down a farm track this ¾ acre garden on chalk surrounds a C18 farmhouse. Stunning views over Horton Tower and farmland. Cottage garden planting with formal elements. Climbing roses clothe pergola and house walls along with stunning Wisteria sinensis and banksian rose. Opens By Arrangement in June for groups of all sizes.
Beautifully restored 5 acre garden. South facing wall with 120ft herbaceous border edged by old brick path. Enclosed yew hedge flower garden. Wildflower meadow marked with mown paths and young plantation of mixed hardwoods. Well maintained walled Victorian kitchen garden with new picking flower section. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of all sizes.
4 acres of formal and informal gardens surrounding C18 rectory with splendid views. Yew pyramid allées and hedges, circular herbaceous borders with late summer colour. Exuberantly planted terrace, purple and white beds. Box parterres, mature trees, pond, sheets of daffodils, tulips, glorious churchyard. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of between 10 and 50.
1.7 acre wildlife garden with hundreds of different snowdrops, crocus and other winter flowering shrubs. Followed by other bulbs inc large swathes of narcissi and hundreds of tulips, camassias and alliums. A wonderful stream meanders down to a pond and there are lovely reflections from the swimming pond, the first to be built in Dorset. Opens By Arrangement from January to November for groups of all sizes.
Unconventional ½ acre, multi level garden above Lyme Bay, adjoining NT’s Ware Cliffs. Abundantly planted with an exotic range of shrubs, cannas, gingers and magnificent ferns. Apart from a rose and hydrangea collection, planting reflects owner’s love of Southern Africa inc staggering succulents and late summer colour explosion featuring drifts of salvias, dahlias, asters, grasses and rudbeckia. Opens By Arrangement in September for groups of up to 20.
Pugin Hall was once Rampisham Rectory, designed in 1847 by Augustus Pugin, who also helped to design the interior of the Houses of Parliament. A Grade I listed building, it is surrounded by 4½ acres of garden, inc a large front lawn with rhododendrons and perennial borders, a walled cut flower and fruit garden, orchard and beyond the River Frome a woodland walk. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of 10+.
Enjoy a private garden tour of this sub-tropical garden sited on the cliff top, overlooking the sea, full of a wide variety of plants from around the globe. East Cliff Hall was the home of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes. The garden was restored allowing for modern access with areas retaining original 1901 design conceived by the founders such as the ivy clad grotto and Japanese influence. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of 10+.
Combined with 21A The Square and Knowle Cottage, Shadrack is a delightful small mature garden, hidden behind high walls, with an abundance of roses, clematis, shrubs, and climbers galore. Entrance through garden gates below the house, with views over to the church. Opens By Arrangement from April to July for groups of between 10 and 15.
River valley garden in a process of transformation. Spacious lawns, wildflower meadows, and primula fringed streams leading down to a lake. Walk over the stream with magnificent hostas, gunneras and horizontal Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’ around the lake. Admire the mature wellingtonias, ancient wisterias, rhododendrons and planting around the house. Opens By Arrangement from January to November for groups of 10+.
5 acres of formal and informal gardens designed around a 2000 yr old yew tree and lake. Water garden with streams pond and lake. Woodland walk, orchard, wild garden, large herbaceous borders filled with roses and perennials. Ornamental kitchen garden and vegetable garden. Opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of 5+.
Combined with Knowle Cottage and Shadrack House, all within walking distance of each other, the garden at 21A The Square is now 7 yrs old. It is a generous square walled garden, with a lovely view over the town and to the hills. A flower arrangers delight, everything that can be put in a vase, fresh or dried. Opens By Arrangement from April to July for groups of between 10 and 15.
This exuberant garden was begun in 2010. Extending to about 1½ acres, it is naturalistic in style with a shrubbery, gravel garden, wild garden and pond where many trees have been planted and which are maturing wonderfully. Overflowing with roses scrambling up trees, over hedges and walls. Opens By Arrangement in May for groups of up 20.
A beautiful setting for a cottage garden with colour themed borders, pleached limes and hidden gems, leading over chalk stream to shady area which has some unusual plants. Plenty of areas just to sit and enjoy the wildlife. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of all sizes.
‘This secluded and magical 1acre garden captures the spirit of warmer climes and begs for repeated visits’ (Gardening Which?). Created over 40 yrs it offers enormous variety with rose, Mediterranean courtyard and woodland gardens, herbaceous borders and cherry tree and camellia walk. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of 20+.
1½ acre garden set on different levels, with a Mediterranean feel, planted to encourage wildlife and pollinators. Wildflower border, pond surrounded by moisture loving plants, prairie planting of grasses and perennials, orchard. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of up to 15.
Extensive mature garden with sweeping panoramic views from lawn over parkland to lake and enchanting woods through which you can wander amongst bluebells. Garden is a riot of colour in spring with azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons in flower amongst shrubs and unusual trees. Opens By Arrangement for May and June for groups of between 10 and 40.
Country cottage garden of 1½ acres bordering the Devil’s Brook, having a wealth of different planting areas inc woodland, stream, small lake, extensive lawns fringed with formal herbaceous borders, vegetable and soft fruit areas. Much of the planting encourages insect life and supports our bees and hens. Opens By Arrangement for June and July for groups of up to 10.
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