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Open gardens you can visit in Dorset this year

PUBLISHED: 11:21 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 31 July 2018

Sculpture at The Walled Garden, Moreton. Photos by Brendan Buesnel

Sculpture at The Walled Garden, Moreton. Photos by Brendan Buesnel


Many of Dorset’s towns and villages are opening their private gardens to the public this month to help raise money for local charities, church repairs and village halls and August offers an array of glorious gardens opening for the NGS, as well as a sculpture exhibition in a serene walled garden in Moreton

The Hollow

Wander around a dramatic sunken garden on the site of a former quarry. Drystone terraces hold original plants and grasses with vast richness of colour and texture, attracting butterflies and bees.

Open: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August, 2-5.30pm

Where: 25 Newton Road, Swanage, BH19 2EA


Manor Farm

Traditional farmhouse garden noted for its herbaceous borders and rose beds within box and yew hedges. Mature shrubbery, water and bog garden.

Open: 1 & 12 August, 1-5pm

Where: Manor Farm, Hampreston, Wimborne, BH21 7LX


Annalal’s Gallery

The home of two Royal Academy artists, this cottage garden is on three patio levels. A pencil gate leads to colourful scented walled garden. Sculptures and paintings hide among the flowers and shrubs.

Open: 5 August, 2-4pm

Where: 25 Millhams Street, Christchurch, BH23 1DN


Holworth Farmhouse

Enjoy beautiful views in this tranquil garden where you discover something new at every turn. Large vegetable garden, ponds, water features and many unusual trees and shrubs to admire.

Open: 5 August, 2-5pm

Where: Holworth, Dorchester, DT2 8NH


Cottesmore Farm

Wander through a plantsman’s tropical paradise of giant gunneras, bananas, bamboos and palm trees, into a floral extravaganza of large borders and sweeping island beds.

Open: 5 August, 2-5pm

Where: Newmans Lane, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0LW


The Old Rectory

Four acres of formal and informal gardens including yew pyramid allées and hedges, borders of late summer colour, exuberantly-planted terrace, box parterres, fernery, ha-ha, pleached hornbeam circle and bog garden.

Open: 5 & 9 August, 2-5pm

Where: The Old Rectory, Pulham, Dorchester DT2 7EA


10 Brookdale Close

This 70 ft x 50 ft garden is centred round a wildlife pond and tumbling waterfall. A kaleidoscope of colour combines both tropical and cottage garden elements.

Open: 5 & 12 August, 2-5pm

Where: 10 Brookdale Close, Broadstone BH18 9AA


Harcombe House

Landscaped into the hillside above the Char Valley with views across Lyme Bay, this ¾ acre garden is laid out as a series of terraces. Unusual and visually-stunning shrubs and perennials.

Open: 11, 12 & 14 August, 11am-5pm

Where: Pitmans Lane, Morcombelake, DT6 6EB


22 Holt Road

A ¾ acre walled garden with diverse planting areas including Mediterranean courtyard garden. Walk beside a rill and bog garden to a raised bed vegetable garden. Return through a shrubbery and rockery to a waterfall cascading into a pebble beach.

Open: 19 August, 2-5pm

Where: 22 Holt Road, Branksome, Poole, BH12 1JQ


For a full list of National Gardens Scheme (NGS) visit: ngs.org.uk

Sculpture at The Walled Garden, Moreton

Until 31 August

This beautiful three acre garden in Moreton - with stream-fed ponds, large lawn spaces, wetland features and woodland – offers a serene teaching environment for students with learning disabilities to build vital employment skills. It is a wonderful place for plants and people and the backdrop for a summer exhibition curated by Sandy Kirkby.

“With a background in sculpture myself I saw potential in The Walled Garden, in Moreton, to become a venue for artists to show contemporary work,” said Sandy, who has brought together pieces by 20 sculptors working in a variety of different media including Kit Benwell, Brian Bishop, Isla Chaney, Dominic Clare, Kim Francis, Tony Heaton, Dave King, Andy Kirkby, John Maine RA, Carrie Mason, Ian Middleton, Brendon Murless, Rebecca Newnham, Simon Probyn, Katarina Rose, Ben Russell, Jane Shaw, Zoe Singleton, Elaine Wilson and David Worthington. Free admission (10am – 4.30pm every day) on site cafe. More details walledgardenmoreton.co.uk


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