Open gardens in Dorset - August 2016

PUBLISHED: 09:59 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 26 July 2016

The stunning cottage garden at Hilltop is at its best this month

The stunning cottage garden at Hilltop is at its best this month


There are many unusual and colourful gardens opening across the county for the NGS this month

Cottersmore Farm

Wander through a plantsman’s tropical paradise of giant gunneras, bananas, towering bamboos and over 100 palm trees, then into a floral extravaganza with large borders and island beds, full of scent and colour - all packed into one-acre.

• Open: 7 & 14 August, 2-5pm

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

Holworth Farmhouse

This unusual garden has an atmosphere of tranquillity and calm. Visitors discover by degrees its elements of surprise, its variety of features and the appreciation of space. Beautiful unspoilt views, water features, and a large vegetable garden to admire.

• Open: 7 August, 2-5pm

• Where: Holworth Dorchester DT2 8NH


Summer in the garden of this delightful thatched cottage in Stour Provost is a gorgeous riot of colour and scent. Unusual annuals and perennials flourish alongside the more traditional, which attract an abundance of wildlife.

• Open: Every Sunday until 21 August, 2-6pm.

• Where: Woodville, Stour Provost, Gillingham, SP8 5LY


A one-acre plantswoman’s garden situated in Wareham Forest with colourful island beds designed for summer interest, with unusual perennials, shrubs and specimen trees. Stone and water feature, stumpery with a collections of ferns and grasses. Live music and static display of radio controlled aircraft.

• Open: 14 August, 2-5.30pm

• Where: Bere Road, Coldharbour, Wareham, BH20 7PA

Western Gardens

A secluded and magical garden, created over the last 40 years, with roses, herbaceous walk, courtyard and woodland gardens. Expect exuberant foliage and flowers enhanced with sculpture and topiary.

• Open: 28 August, 2-5.30pm.

• Where: 24A Western Avenue, Branksome Park, Poole, BH13 7AN

Meadow Views

Small, informal wildlife-friendly garden overlooking Manning Brook and farmland. Island beds feature colourful herbaceous planting. Newly enlarged fernery. Damselflies dance over the water, and butterflies and bees visit their chosen blooms.

• Open: 7 August, 2-6pm.

• Where: 32 Riverside Road, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 OLQ


Lawns lead past borders and rockeries down to the shady lower garden, passing a variety of uncommon plants and shrubs. Cabin in meadow garden has lovely vintage, retro pieces for sale.

• Open: 14 & 15 August, 11.30-4.30pm

• Where: Elsdon Lane, Monkton Wyld, DT6 6DA

The Hollow (formerly known as Stone Rise)

This exceptional garden in Swanage has been described as ‘a beautiful and intriguing sunken garden with exceptional richness and arrangement of colour, textures and form’. Formerly known as Stone Rise, The Hollow’s gardens are set within a former quarry. Access is down stone steps, where you pause at the top of metal stairs before descending into a transformed stone quarry. Explore densely planted beds which thrive in a relatively confined space. Keep a look out for pieces of mediaeval London Bridge lurking in the stonework! A very special and inspirational garden.

• Open: Every Wednesday until 31 August, 2-5.30pm

• Where: 25 Newton Road, Swanage, BH19 2EA

For details of all Dorset NGS venues open in August please visit or download the NGS app onto your smartphone

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