Glorious Gardens to visit this May in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 12:08 27 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:19 20 February 2013

Glorious Gardens to visit this May in Dorset

Glorious Gardens to visit this May in Dorset

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) celebrates 85 years of gardening and giving this year.

Glorious Gardens to visit this May

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) celebrates 85 years of gardening and giving this year. Last year the NGS donated more than
2.6 million to charities, including Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. Here is a selection of the gardens open to the public for the NGS in May. So enjoy these beautiful Dorset gardens, and help contribute to a worthwhile cause. Children admitted free unless indicated.


Over one acre of informal garden, with an unusual summerhouse; borders and rockeries feature a wide variety of colourful and unusual plants. The garden extends into a meadow and streamside planting with a glorious abundance
of primulas.

Open: 7, 8, 28 & 29 May,
11am-5pm. Teas. Adults 3

Where: Elsdon Lane, Monkton Wyld, DT6 6DA

Pilsdon View

This evolving garden is set over different levels and areas with breathtaking views towards Pilsdon. Water features and wildlife add to the essence of this award-winning garden, which won Large Garden and Best Overall Garden in the Melplash Show Gardens Competition.

Open: 15 May, 1-4pm. Adults 3.50

Where: Junction Butts Lane & Pitmans Lane, Ryall, Bridport. DT6 6EH

Resting Laurels

The immaculate lawns set off the planting in this -acre green oasis.
The difficult sandy soil supports many mature trees and shrubs with good focal points and an exciting pond area and organic kitchen garden. Featured in Amateur Gardener.

Open: 6 May, 12-4pm. Teas. Adults 3

Where: 14 Chine Walk, Ferndown,
BH22 8PU


Town garden of approx acre with formal hard landscaping planted with drought-resistant shrubs and perennials and shady area with wide variety of hostas at the front, while the back has winding beds, arches, a pond and greenhouses containing succulents.

Open: 5, 13, 16 & 27 May 2-5pm.
Teas. Dogs allowed. Adults 3

Where: 4 Walford Close,
Wimborne Minster, BH21 1PH

Chine View

Unique Chine garden adjacent to a public footpath leading to a beach; features include extensive terraced rockery of Purbeck stone, a Palladian rotunda, water features, sculptural pieces, subtropical plants and a profusion of azaleas and rhododendrons

Open: 6 & 7 May 2-5pm. Dogs allowed. Adults 3

15a Cassel Avenue, Poole, BH13 6JD

Snape Cottage Plantsmans Garden

Mature country garden containing exceptional collection of hardy plants and bulbs, artistically arranged in an informal cottage garden style, organically managed and clearly labelled. Specialities include old daffodils, pulmonarias, auriculas, herbs, irises and geraniums. The garden benefits from a wildlife pond, beautiful views and a tranquil atmosphere.

Open: 26 & 27 May 2pm-5pm. Teas. Dogs allowed. Adults 3

Chaffeymoor. Bourton,
nr Gillingham SP8 5BZ

Butts Cottage

Tranquil village garden of acre set around 18th century cottage features stream, pond, wild flowers and marsh orchids. Partial wheechair access.

Open: 13 May 2pm-5pm. Teas. Dogs allowed. Adults 3

Plush DT2 7RJ

For more details visit,
where you can also buy a copy of The Yellow Book (9.99), which lists thousands of NGS venues.

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