Open gardens you can visit in Dorset this year
PUBLISHED: 11:27 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 09 April 2018
‘Tis the season for walking among the flora and fauna of Dorset’s best gardens... We pick five Dorset gardens to visit in the NGS Open Gardens scheme 2018
Ivy House Gardens, Piddletrenthide
Unusual and challenging half acre wildlife-friendly garden set on a steep hillside with fabulous views and chickens, bees, greenhouses and polytunnel. This month it will be filled with daffodils, tulips and hellebores galore. Observation of bee hive in courtyard and bee keeper to answer questions (weather permitting). Homemade teas, honey and plants usually available to buy.
Open: 1, 2, 15 and 22 April, 2-5pm.
Where: Piddletrenthide, DT2 7QF (opposite Village Stores near Piddle Inn).
Six to seven acres of formal and informal gardens patterned with yew hedges and anchored with mature trees. Lime and crab apple walks, fernery and nuttery plus woodland and lakeside walks with fine views. Walled vegetable garden and orchard. Partial wheelchair access. Homemade teas.
Open: admission by arrangement from April to June – email email@example.com)
Where: Chideock, DT6 6LF, turn at village church, manor ¼ mile on right)
Six acres gardens surrounding a house, some parts of which date back to the 1500s. Large Victorian walled garden managed organically using “no dig” vegetable beds. Traditional potting shed, and seasonal colour to admire in herbaceous borders.
Open: 2, 4, 11, 18 & 25 April, 2-5pm.
Where: Edmondsham, Wimborne, BH21 5RE
Visitors access this seaside garden by a steeply descending public footpath from the National Trust car park or 64 grassy steps. Once there, this garden rewards with spectacular coastal views. Chainsaw tree sculptures in the woodland garden and willow arbour. Formal Italianate gardens surround the house with strong structural planting. Stout shoes and strong knees recommended!
Open: 28 & 29 April, 2-5pm
Where: Holworth, DT2 8NJ (off A353 at Poxwell turn towards Ringstead. From National Trust car park at top of hill, walk through gate follow signed path on right or walk down track).
Manor Farm, Hampreston
Traditional farmhouse garden designed and tended for by three generations of the Trehane family over a century. Box and yew hedges frame beautiful herbaceous borders and rose beds. Mature shrubbery, water and bog garden. Hardy Plant Society sales and homemade teas.
Open: 29 April, 1-5pm
Where: Hampreston, BH21 7LX
Find all these National Garden Scheme venues and others in Dorset at ngs.org.uk