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Open gardens you can visit in Dorset this month

PUBLISHED: 14:09 02 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:14 02 May 2019

Sitting Spiritually throws open its gardens this month

Sitting Spiritually throws open its gardens this month


Enjoy sensational spring displays in these glorious Dorset gardens opening their gates for the National Gardens Scheme this May

Crichel House

A new addition to the NGS is this 60 acre park, with 30 acre lake and 3 acre walled garden. Admire mature trees, including exceptional cedars, as well as herbaceous borders, lime avenue, orchards, pond with a stone pavilion, and 7 individual secret gardens.

Open: 4 & 5 May, 10.30am-4pm

Where: Moor Crichel BH21 5DT


The Secret Garden

Explore the ongoing reclamation of a neglected woodland garden at this Franciscan community. Mature trees, bamboo, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, palms and other shrubs, stream crossed by bridges. Kitchen garden, courtyard garden and Canticle garden. Stout shoes advised for walking the woodland garden.

Open: 4 & 5 May, 2-5pm

Where: The Friary, Hilfield, DT2 7BE


Keyneston Mill

Another new addition to the NGS for 2019 is the creative home of Parterre Fragrances. This 50 acre estate is dedicated to fragrant and aromatic plants. The newly-created Collection Gardens feature 'compartments' of plants from different perfume families, such as floral, fern, citrus, spice. You can also walk through the crop fields where the perfume ingredients are grown.

Open: 7 May, 2-5pm

Where: Tarrant Keyneston DT11 9HZ



Over an acre of informal mature garden on different levels. Lawns lead past borders, rockeries to shady lower garden and a variety of uncommon shrubs and plants. Managed meadow with abundance of primulas by stream.

Open: 12 & 13 May, 11.30-4pm

Where: Elsdons Lane, Monkton Wyld DT6 6DA



Town garden with formal hard landscaping of drought-resistant shrubs, perennials and hostas in the front, and a series of garden rooms of herbaceous perennial beds with winding grass paths and rustic arches in the back. Pond, vegetable beds, greenhouses with succulents and vines.

Open: 12, 19 & 27 May, 2-5pm

Where: 4 Walford Close, Wimborne Minster BH21 1PH


2 Pyes Plot

Small but perfectly formed front and back courtyard garden. Cream walls and black paintwork make a striking framework for softer planting. Climbing plants, foliage and running water feature enhance the tranquil feel to this space, using every inch creatively.

Open: 19 May, 2-5pm

Where: St James Road, Netherbury Bridport DT6 5LP


Slape Manor

River valley garden with spacious lawns and primula-fringed streams down to lake with magnificent hostas, gunneras and horizontal Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans'. Mature wellingtonias, wisterias, rhododendrons and planting around the house.

Open: 19 May, 2-5pm

Where: Netherbury DT6 5LH



Cottage garden with colour themed borders, pleached limes and hidden gems including chalk stream to shady area which has some unusual plants including hardy orchids and arisaemas. Plenty of areas just to sit and enjoy the wildlife.

Open: 26 & 27 May, 2-5pm

Where: 14 Witchampton Mill, Witchampton, BH21 5DE

Full details for all these venues and more at ngs.org.uk

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