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Dorset Gardens

Crazy Secret Gardens in Dorset

Crazy Secret Gardens

Left wild and untamed for over 40 years, the secret walled garden at Carey in Wareham, Dorset is now open to the public for the very first time! Hidden amongst the beautiful rolling hills of the Isle of Purbeck, Careys Secret Garden has been lovingly and sensitively restored by the small gardening team into a tranquil and inspirational space. Come and discover the rose garden, orchard, stumpery, food forest, arid and herb gardens, veg patch, and children’s imaginative play areas. The Secret Salt Pig cafe serves up delicious locally sourced food and drink, the cakes are divine and the coffee is excellent! Visits to Careys Secret Garden are by booking only, and full directions will be provided with your booking confirmation. The garden is open to visitors each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Further details can be found here.


Mapperton Gardens

Mapperton Gardens is a romantic valley garden deep into a lost Dorset combe among tumbling hills and unspoiled countryside. The gardens descend from the croquet lawn, through the formal topiary down to the wild garden. The manor house with its church, stable block, coach house, dovecote and courtyard is a glorious harmony of golden sandstone and stands on level ground looking across terraced gardens, grass banks and wooded hill which descend steeply to the south.  Pevsner’s Dorset guide says “there can hardly be a more enchanting manorial group than Mapperton

Open beginning of March – end October.
£6 adults, £3 under 18’s, under 5’s free


Sculpture by the Lake

This new attraction in Dorset is highly recommended by those that are looking for a relaxing day out.  The gardens and lakeside walk take in a beautiful vista, which is dotted with exceptional and interesting works of art.  Please note that this attraction is for adults only but pets are welcome on a lead.  After a stroll around the lakes why not pop into the regularly updated artists gallery or shop.  A cafe is on site which caters for tea, cakes and lunches (booking strongly recommended).

Adults are £14.95

Athelhampton House & Gardens in Dorset

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Another HHA Garden of the year winner back in 1997.  Over 20 acres of Italianate gardens with lovely sculpted yew trees.  Beautifully maintained with a courtyard garden, which leads to other ‘secret’ gardens.

Open March – Oct.


Kingston Maurwood

The Gardens are grade II listed and whether you are a serious gardener or just someone who is looking for a beautiful place to visit they will not disappoint you.

There is a huge variety of plants and trees to see and don’t miss the walled garden which is a really peaceful spot. The gardens are tended by just 5 full time gardeners with help from students on various types of Horticulture courses.

Open all year except Christmas.
Adults £6, children £4.50.


Knoll Gardens & Nursery

Our sales nursery sits alongside our renowned naturalistic garden. Planted with thousands of our own grasses and flowering perennials, the garden is home to one of the country’s most extensive collections of grasses and provides the perfect opportunity to see how they can work in a real garden environment.

Alongside the grasses you’ll also find a wonderful collection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. Many date back to the garden’s inception in the 1970s, including some stunning Eucalyptus. They form a powerful backdrop for our grasses, and help to create a wonderful sense of seclusion as you stroll around what is now a nationally recognised 4-acre garden.

Gardens in Dorset

Borough Gardens

FREE TO THE PUBLIC these lovely public gardens boast a tennis court, lovely childrens play park with fountains and gym area.