Open gardens in Dorset - July 2016

PUBLISHED: 10:01 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 28 June 2016

Sculpture by the Lakes - planting and sculpture in harmony

Sculpture by the Lakes - planting and sculpture in harmony

Simon Gudgeon

There are some stunning venues opening for the NGS in Dorset this month as well as more Open Gardens to admire


Corscombe House

Strong architectural hedges define multiple ‘rooms’ in this garden of different levels, with yew columns, parterre and cool beds in the lower part and hot beds in the upper garden. Stroll through wild flower meadow and discover a secret garden with Mediterranean planting.

• Open: 3 July (2-5pm)

• Where: Corscombe, DT2 0NU

Sculpture by the Lakes

This sculpture park features over 30 works by the renowned British sculptor, Simon Gudgeon and the planting talent of his wife Monique, who have had an award-winning stand at Chelsea for two years in a row. No children under 14.

• Open: 6 July (11am - 5pm)

• Where: Pallington, Dorchester, DT2 8QU

Holy Trinity Primary School Wildlife Garden

This award-winning wildlife garden at a Weymouth primary school was started in 2008 with the donation of an RHS Show Garden. Admire their large wildlife pond, a World War Two garden with Anderson shelter, a tranquil Memory Corner, and Dorset’s largest living willow classroom. The new Jurassic Garden, planted in 2015, has many ferns and dinosaurs!

• Open: 16 -17 July (1-5pm)

• Where: Cross Road, Weymouth, DT49QX

Puddledock Cottage

A quarryman’s cottage is at the centre of a lovingly created garden, with streams and ponds, edged with nectar-rich plants that attract a myriad colourful butterflies and bees.

• Open: 24 July (12-4pm)

• Where: Scotland Heath, Norden, BH20 5DY


A cottage garden with colour-themed borders, pleached limes and chalk stream with some unusual planting including hardy orchids and arisaemas. Wire bird sculptures by local artist.

• Open: 28 July (2-5pm)

• Where: 14 Witchampton Mill, Witchampton, Wimborne, BHJ21 5DE


Okeford Fitzpaine Open Gardens - 2 July

About a dozen village gardens open between 11am and 5pm. Tickets £5 from Village Hall, lunches and cream teas. Flower arrangements in church.

Puddletown Open Gardens - 2-3 July

Approximately 12 village gardens of varying sizes open from 1 until 6pm. Tickets £5 available from St. Mary’s Church Room, adjacent to the church. Refreshments, plants, preserves and cakes.

Chestnut Nursery Open Day - 9 July

This wonderful nursery on Kingland Crescent in Poole runs a Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) to improve mental wellbeing through the healing nature of horticulture. At this special open day there are talks by horticultural specialist, guided tours of the nursery, plant sales and cream teas. Runs 10.30am - 2.30pm.

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