Beautiful Gardens in Dorset.
I know that many of you are keen gardeners and hopefully you have long since readied your garden and planted your crops. Now is the time to wait for all your hard labour to bear fruits. In the meantime why not take a well-deserved holiday and rest those green fingers. Dorset, with its mild climate has a multitude of houses and gardens open to the public to give pleasure and inspiration to all outdoor lovers – and many have a few treats you can purchase to take back to your own homes and gardens!

Dorset has many private gardens open to the public on specific days of the year and all raising money for charities and well deserving causes. To find out when and where these are, please visit the NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME’S website for details or follow the link. NGS.
Inspiring gardens and horticulture
With Dorset’s mild and bright climate it’s no wonder that it’s home to some magical gardens and horticultural masterpieces. Take in the grandeur of these wonderful grounds that have been painstakingly cared for over hundreds of years.

Mapperton House in Beaminster (+44 01308 862645)

mapperton 2Voted the “Nation’s Finest Manor House” by Country Life and location of the 2015 film ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Mapperton House is a glorious Jacobean manor and lucky to be the custodians of the Earl of Sandwich collection, overlooking a 15 acre garden with orangery, topiary and borders and stunning grounds descending to ponds and an arboretum. Outstanding views of the Dorset hills and woodlands can be seen all around. This is well worth a visit! Click here to view the latest at Mapperton House

Knoll Gardens – Wimborne Minster (+44 01202 873931)

Knoll Gardens

Knoll Gardens is a stunning garden which often wins awards such as “Garden of the Year” by various organisations. With year round beauty it is renowned for its ornamental grasses that have won multiple gold awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A real gardeners garden!! Click here for Knoll Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens – Puddletown (+44 01305 848363)


Athelhampton House and Gardens provides an excellent historical experience and with an on-site shop and restaurants, and an excellent day out for all ages.  You can really submerge yourself into the beautiful surroundings and throughout the year they put on a variety of events from Easter Egg hunts in the grounds to open air music etc.  What’s on at Athelhampton