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Special Garden Events in Dorset

These are a small number of gardens where the open day events offer something extra such a talk by the head gardener, special refreshments or privileged access. Click on the links below to find out more about the garden and book tickets.

Bettiscombe Manor

A limited number of pre-booked tickets have been made available for this exclusive special afternoon event, kindly given to us by Jasper Conran to visit his magical English garden and hosted by Jasper’s Head Gardener, Midori. It includes a talk from Midori on the gardens and how they have evolved to empathetically embrace and work within the surrounding landscape. Opens on Thursday 13th June. An afternoon tea of home-made salmon and cucumber sandwiches, strawberries, home-made cakes, tea, champagne and elderflower presse will be served in the nearby village hall at 3.30pm.

Farrs

A limited number of tickets have been made available for these two special afternoon openings, hosted by John and Jennie Makepeace. There will be a warm welcome from John at 2.30pm in the main rooms of the house, with a talk on his furniture design and recent commissions. Jennie will then give a guided walk around the gardens followed by a cream tea. Opens Thursday 13th June, pre-booking essential.

Parnham House

Parnham House near Beaminster is one of the oldest Grade 1 listed stately homes in Dorset. The beautifully presented spacious gardens surrounding the house have been extensively restored and include terraced formal gardens, topiary, an avenue of yew tree pinnacles leading to a lake and a walled garden with deeply planted perennial and herbaceous borders. A limited number of tickets have been made available for this special open day. The Head Gardener will give a talk on the history and ongoing recent developments of the garden and ground, and the gardening team will be on hand throughout the afternoon to answer any questions. Opens Thursday 20th June, pre-booking essential.

Wyke Farm

The owners of Wyke Farm, Robert and Alex Appleby are both fanatical about rewilding, environmental conservation and preservation of the natural habitat. A limited number of tickets have been made available for this special 1 day rewilding event. Meet at the front of the house on the main drive for an introductory talk and guided tour with Ecologist, Tom Brereton, who has supported the Applebys on their work at Wyke Farm. Opens Sunday 23rd June, pre-booking essential.

Wytherston Farm

Johnnie and Sophie Boden bought Wytherston in 2005. Since then they and their fantastic team have tried to encourage wild flowers in both their garden and in the meadows surrounding the farm, which makes for a breathtaking display. A limited number of tickets have been made available for this special event, kindly hosted by Johnnie, who will give a talk and guided tour through the wildflower garden and meadows. Please meet in the Tithe Barn at 2.30pm prompt. Plenty of parking. Dogs are very welcome. Opens Thursday 27th June, pre-booking essential.

Stafford House

A limited number of tickets have been made available for this private morning opening, hosted by Lord and Lady Fellowes. The morning will inc special home-made elevenses which will be served underneath the turkey oak tree planted in 1633 on the main terrace. There will then be the opportunity to explore the grounds and gardens, finishing at 12.30pm. Opens Friday 5th July, pre-booking essential.

Lulworth Castle House

A limited number of tickets have been made available for this special one-day event, kindly hosted by the owners, James & Sara Weld. Meet at the front the house on the main drive for an introductory talk on the gardens, followed by a guided tour accompanied by Sara and her gardening team. Opens on Wednesday 10th July, pre-booking essential. After visiting the garden a set menu lunch will be made available at the nearby Weld Arms from 1pm (not inc in adm price). To make a booking pls visit: www.theweldarms.co.uk or telephone: 01929 400211.

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