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Open gardens you can visit in Dorset this month

PUBLISHED: 14:51 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 October 2018

Berries of late autumn at Sculpture by the Lakes

Berries of late autumn at Sculpture by the Lakes


Autumn is a great time to brush up on your gardening knowledge with the help of some experts, as well as see some well known gardens in a different light

Enchanted Illuminations

28 October

See Abbotsbury’s subtropical paradise in a different light when a large section of the gardens is illuminated with a wonderful array of colour after dusk.

Book online at abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk and save 20% or call 01305 871130 or 871387.


Lawsbrook Open Garden

4 November

This glorious Shillingstone garden is opening for its 10th year for the NGS. Admire more than 130 different tree species in this six acre garden founded in 1959. Formal borders and raised bed vegetable and flower garden. Wildlife garden, stream and meadow. Open 10am – 4pm, Brodham Way, Shillingstone DT11 0TE.

Visit: ngs.org.uk


The generous gardener: Private Paradises Shared

7 November

The Sunday Times gardening editor, Caroline Donald shares stories from some of the 40 private gardens of the rich and famous she has visited for her new book The Generous Gardener. Starts 11am, cost £15 includes entry to Sculpture by the Lakes.

Visit: sculpturebythelakes.co.uk


Winter Propagation Workshop

24 November

Using the gardens at Sculpture by the Lakes as a workshop, Thomas Stone (MCI Hort MPGA) looks at plants that can be used for hardwood cuttings and those that provide seeds which can be sown during the winter months. Techniques covered include optimum times for sowing, compost types and watering regimes. Cost £65, includes light lunch, runs 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Visit: sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/ or call 07720 637808


Bugs & Buds

24 November

Organised by the Knoll Gardens Foundation, this monthly Saturday morning toddler club at their HQ in Hampreston aims to inspire a love of nature from a young age. It encourages interaction with the garden’s many wildlife inhabitants as well as its trees and flowers. To book email education@knollgardens.co.uk. Runs 10.30am – noon. Cost £4.50. Also on 27 October.

Visit: knollgardens.co.uk


Behind the Scenes at Keyneston Mill

Various Dates in October & November

On this guided tour of Keyneston Mill at Tarrant Keyneston you get a unique insight into how they go about creating oils for their perfumes from seed to bottle with exclusive glimpses of the lab, the distillery, the botanical gardens (weather permitting) and the polytunnels.

Throughout October, the tours focus on the growing and distillation of rose and scented geranium. Through November and December the focus will be on spice. Runs 11.30am -12.30pm. Cost £15.

Visit: parterreatkeynestonmill.com or email events@keynestonmill.com

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