It seems that no matter what time of year you visit West Dorset and the area nearby there is always a wonderful garden to visit.
Our criteria is great flower and vegetable beds with a tea shop for the traditional afternoon tea and cake stop and even better if the local WI are involved in the cake making.
Here are a few of our favourites with a plan of when to visit:
- Forde Abbey – wonderful spring flowers in their estate grounds. (Dogs allowed)
- Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens – great for the annual Easter egg Hunt (Dogs Allowed)
Late Spring/Early Summer
- Mapperton Plant Fair – pick up a bargain as well as wonder around the unusual Italian sunken garden.
- Netherbury Gardens Open Weekend – local event where selected gardens in the local village open up their gardens for charity. Walkable from Binghams
- Burrow Farm – if you like wildflowers you will love Burrow Farm – family run with amazing displays especially in the summer – a good plant stall too. (Dogs welcome).
- Rosemoor RHS gardens – if you don’t mind a full day and abet of a drive out then Rosemoor is well worth a visit.
- Barrington Court – A National Trust treasure where if roses are your love then you must visit here.
- Montecute House – Another National Trust with an amazing elizabethan house which is great for the kids.
- Tintinhull Gardens – formal summer beds – great tea shop too.
- Hestcombe Gardens – parkland and formal gardens. A real hide and seek adventure for the kids but great walks for your dogs with the most amazing Stables Cafe.
- Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens – The Halloween Enchanted gardens are a definate highlight in the gardening Calendar.
- Lewesdon Hill – wonderful walks through an ancient woodland that is just stunning when the leaves change colour.
The National Gardens Scheme opens local gardens throughout the year – check out what’s on when here.
Alternatively come to Binghamd Farm and enjoy our own gardens with a wonderful bluebell woodland walk, wild flower meadow and orchards.