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Open gardens in Dorset - April 2016

PUBLISHED: 14:51 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:51 24 March 2016

The pond at Broomhill

The pond at Broomhill


Admire spring blossoms and bulbs in these six glorious Dorset gardens which open for the NGS this month

Edmondsham House

Six acres of mature gardens and grounds surrounding a 16th/18th century house, giving much to explore, including the 12th century church adjacent to the garden. Large Victorian walled garden is very productive and managed organically.

Open: 6, 13, 20 & 27 April, 2-5pm

Where: Edmondsham, Nr. Cranbourne, BH21 5RE

24 Carlton Road North

Long garden on several different levels linked by steps and narrow sloping paths. Beds overflowing with shrubs and herbaceous planting reflect the owners’ interest in unusual plants, texture, colour and love of wildlife.

Open: 9-11 April, 2-5pm

Where: Weymouth, DT4 7PY


Stout footwear and strong knees are recommended for this glorious four acre woodland garden with views of Weymouth Bay and Portland, which is reached from the National Trust car park via a steep public footpath and 64 steps. More formal planting around the house, with a wonderful arbour and Italianate courtyard, including a fountain and strong structural planting.

Open: 16-17 April, 2-5pm

Where: Holworth, Dorchester, DT2 8NJ


This former farmyard is now a delightful tranquil garden set in 1 1/2 acres. Island beds are planted with shrubs, roses and masses of unusual perennials. Lawns and paths lead to a more informal area with a large wildlife pond.

Open: 17 April, 2-5pm

Where: Rampisham, DT2 0PU

17 Lower Golf Links Road

A sloping town garden of about two thirds of an acre, created in a heathland suburb. It is particularly impressive in spring and early summer.

Open: 21 & 24 April, 2-5pm

Where: Broadstone, BH18 8BQ

Uploaders Place

Old yews, cedar of Lebanon and a tulip tree form the bones of this relatively new garden created from wilderness since 1993. Admire trees and shrubs with unusual bark and flowers, and spring bulbs during a quiet contemplative meander with the River Asker flowing through.

Open: 23-24 April, 2-5pm

Where: Uploders, Bridport, DT6 4PF

For other Dorset gardens open in April for the NGS please visit


Art exhibitions in Dorset - April 2016 - Helen Stiles browses some of exciting art exhibitions happening this month and beyond


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