Open gardens you can visit in Dorset this month
PUBLISHED: 16:33 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 01 October 2018
Autumn is a great time to brush up on your gardening knowledge with the help of some experts, as well as see some well known gardens in a different light
Ornamental Grass Masterclass at Knoll
Neil Lucas, the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses, reveals how he creates Knoll Garden’s stunning autumn displays and takes you through the basics of gardening with grasses at Hampreston near Wimborne. Runs 2 – 4.30pm, cost £35. Booking knollgardens.co.uk.
Shaping the Gardens at Kingston Lacy
3 & 17 October
Explore the Grade II listed garden, taking in seasonal highlights and its history, with one of the Kingston Lacy expert gardeners. After picking up gardening hints and tips enjoy a hot lunch in the cafe. Runs 11am - 1.30pm, cost £20. Booking 0344 249 1895 nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Garden Masterclass at Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey’s splendid late summer borders inspire this informative day which looks at how to extend interest in the garden until the first frosts arrive. Includes tour with head gardener Danny Burlingham and talks by Rosy Hardy, Derry Watkins and Sarah Price.
Booking at gardenmasterclass.org
18 – 23 & 28 October
See Abbotsbury’s subtropical paradise in a different light when a large section of the gardens is illuminated with a wonderful array of colour after dusk. Book online at abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk and save 20% or call 01305 871130 or 871387.