10 Dorset gardens to visit this June

PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:30 01 June 2015

Barnwells - one of the gardens opening its gates in Cerne Abbas

Barnwells - one of the gardens opening its gates in Cerne Abbas


June is the month for Open Garden Weekends and for many it has become, like Chelsea, an annual pilgrimage marking the beginning of summer


Situated just south of Beaminster, Netherbury was one of the first villages in Dorset to open its gardens to visitors back in 1963. Now firmly established on the Open Gardens calendar its gardens include four NGS venues: Hatchlands, Slape Manor, Pye’s Plot and The Mill House, which featured in Country Life magazine. Alongside these horticultural stars will be ten or so other village gardens to explore.

• When: 6-7 June (1pm – 5pm) Cost: £6.50 (covers both days under 13s free)

• Refrehments: Homemade lunches in Village Hall. Cream teas and plant stalls at various gardens in the village.

• More information: netherburyvillage.wordpress.com


Melbury Abbas and Cann

Situated just south of Shaftesbury villagers will be opening their garden gates to raise money for the village hall and local church.

• When: 6 - 7 June (2 - 6pm) Tickets: £5 covers both days (under 12s free)

• Refreshments: Cakes and plants available in village hall

• More information: opengardens.co.uk


Hinton St Mary

This picturesque village a mile north of Sturminster Newton hosts its bi-annual Open Gardens Weekend. The Manor House Gardens, as well over 20 other gardens in the village will throw their gates open to raise funds for St Peter’s Church which is hosting an exhibition ‘Magna Carta and All That’ to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

• When: 13-14 June (2 - 6 pm) Tickets: £5 (children free)

• Refreshments: Cream teas in the Tithe Barn. Also plant stalls

• More information: hintonstmary.com


Cerne Abbas

Now in its 40th year, the village’s first Open Gardens in 1974 raised money to re-hang the church bells, thus making it one of the first events of its kind in Dorset. Proceeds are divided equally between two good causes: one in the village and one elsewhere in Dorset and over the years more than £120,000 has been distributed to the likes of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Julia’s House. Organiser Bob Foulser attributes the success of Cerne Abbas’ Open Gardens primarily to the pleasure gardeners have in sharing their gardens with visitors, and for the surprise element they discover hidden behind houses that front onto the village streets. Around 25 gardens ranging from bijou patio and traditional cottage to rambling country garden.

• When: 20-21 June (2- 6pm) Tickets: £6 or £10 for both days (children free)

• Refreshments: Cream teas in St Mary’s Church, lunches at local hostelries. Plant stalls in village square

• More information: cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk



Every two years this small rural village near Sherborne opens its gardens to raise money for good causes. The gardens range from bijoux to grand, just follow the sunflower trail to find the open gardens.

• When: 20-21 June (2-5pm). Tickets: £3

• Refreshments: Homemade cakes in village hall and plant stall at farm near stone cross

• More information: opengardens.co.uk



Discover 12 or more lovely gardens in this delightful village near Dorchester, then finish with a visit to the Flower Festival in St Michael’s Church. Proceeds go to village community projects.

• When: 20 - 21 June (11am-5pm Sat/ Noon – 5pm Sun) Cost: £5 (children free)

• Refreshments: In church and village hall. Plant stalls at various gardens in the village and in village hall

• More information: opengardens.co.uk


Lytchett Minster

Seven small to medium gardens of the Lytchett Minster Gardens Group open for the NGS over this weekend offering variations on cottage gardening with some lush waterside planting. Magnificent display of climbing roses, and some fruit and vegetable plots. Flower Festival in local church as well.

• When: 20-21 June (2-5pm) Costs: £5 (children free)

• Refreshments: Homemade teas in The Old Bakehouse.

• More information: ngs.org.uk


Sutton Poyntz

This delightful village near Weymouth is a lovely place to while away an hour or two. Already well known for its bi-annual Victorian Street Fayre, the Open Gardens Weekend features 17 individual gardens, some with wonderful views of the famous White Horse on Osmington Hill. Other events include an Art Exhibition and a hunt the butterfly challenge for younger visitors. The Mission Hall will have a variety of interesting stalls from craft to plants and the Orchard behind it will host a refreshment area where visitors can tuck into homemade sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Funds raised go to Cancer Research UK and the global charity Water Aid, whose offices are based in the village.

• When: 27-29 June (Midday- 5pm). Tickets: £5 or £8 for both days (children free)

• Refreshments: In orchard behind Mission Hall or at local pub. Plant and craft stalls in Mission Hall.

• More information: suttonpoyntz.org.uk



This special weekend marks the Church’s patronal festival and the village is celebrating by opening the gates of 25 of its most beautiful gardens as well as hosting a Flower Festival in St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church

• When: 27-28 June (1.30pm – 5.30pm) Tickets: £5 (children free)

• Refreshments: Teas and plant stalls in village hall. Lunch in The Fox & Hounds pub

• More information: cattistockfestival.org


Wimborne Minster

The Dorset town renowned for its gold medal winning blooms (Small Town category 2014) hosts an Open Gardens day to raise money for Wimborne in Bloom, the charity which provides floral displays in Wimborne. Start your tour from Wimborne Town Centre.

• When: 28 June (11am to 5pm) Tickets: £6 (under 16s free)

• Refreshments: Available at various locations around town

• More information: wimborneinbloom.org.uk


For details of all Open Gardens events in Dorset visit opengardens.co.uk

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