Open gardens you can visit in Dorset this month
PUBLISHED: 10:35 08 April 2019
Enjoy sensational spring displays in these glorious Dorset gardens opening their gates for the National Gardens Scheme this April
Explore mature gardens surrounding a 16th & 18th century house, as well as a 12th century church adjacent to garden. Productive Victorian walled garden managed organically (since 1984) using ‘no dig’ vegetable beds. Wide herbaceous borders planted for seasonal colour. Traditional potting shed.
Open: 3, 10, 17, 22 & 24 April, 2-5pm
Where: Edmondsham BH21 5RE
Modern cottage town garden divided into rooms jam-packed with shrubs, trees, climbers and herbaceous plants. Planting reflects the owners’ many and varied interests, including over 100 clematis, different varieties of spring bulbs, bonsai and topiary.
Open: 7 & 14 April, 2-5pm
Where: 113 Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 2NH
Cranborne Manor Garden
Historic garden laid out in 17th century by John Tradescant and enlarged in 20th century, featuring several gardens: blue and white, cottage style and mount gardens, water and wild garden - surrounded by walls and yew hedges. Many interesting plants, with fine trees and avenues.
Open: 13 April, 9am-4pm
Where: Cranborne BH21 5PP
Manor house with 6/7 acres of both formal and informal gardens. Bog garden beside stream and series of ponds. Yew hedges and mature trees. Lime and crab apple walks, herbaceous borders, clematis arches, fernery and nuttery. Walled vegetable garden, orchard, woodland and lakeside walks. Fine views.
Open: 13 & 14 April, 2-5pm
Where: Chideock DT6 6LF
This former farmyard is now a delightful, tranquil garden set in 1½ acres. Island beds and borders are planted with shrubs, roses, masses of unusual perennials and choice annuals to give vibrancy and colour. Lawns and paths lead to less formal area with wildlife pond, meadow and bog garden.
Open: 14 April, 2-5pm
Where: Rampisham, Dorchester DT2 0PU
Large plantsman’s garden, with views towards the sea, featuring many rare and mature plants and shrubs planted in terraced, herbaceous, rock and water gardens. Spring interest from magnolia, rhododendron and bulbs, followed by roses and herbaceous planting.
Open: 24 April, 11am-5pm
Where: Tunnel Road, Beaminster DT8 3HB
For full details of all these events and more visit ngs.org.uk.