Around Dorset

May events

Unusual and challenging ½ acre garden set on steep hillside with fine views. Wildlife friendly garden with mixed borders, ponds, propagating area, vegetable garden, fruit cage, greenhouses and...
Ivy House Garden, Piddletrenthide
Sun 22 Mar, Sun 29 Mar, Sun 12 Apr, Mon 13 Apr, Sun 26 Apr, Sat 9 May, Sun 10 May

Mature cottage garden nestled at base of chalk downland. Herbaceous borders, rockeries, climbers and shrubs, evolved and designed over 50yrs for yr-round colour and interest.
Knitson Old Farmhouse, Wareham
Fri 10 Apr to Mon 13 Apr, Fri 22 May to Mon 25 May

Once a farmyard 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...
Broomhill, Dorchester
Sun 19 Apr, Sun 17 May

18 South Walks Road: tiny Victorian front garden with olive trees and bulbs. Back garden: a corridor of stunning Japanese Acers and exotic trees leading into the park.
Dorchester Gardens, Dorchester
Sun 26 Apr, Sun 17 May, Sun 21 Jun

Have you ever held a 200 million year old fossil in your hands? Have you ever dreamt of becoming a polar explorer? Can you design your very own prehistoric creepy crawly?
Lyme Regis Town Centre
Fri 1 May to Sun 3 May

Set in heart of Beaminster, 16½ acres of stunning parkland with mature specimen trees, lake and waterfall, The Manor House looks forward to welcoming visitors after a 2 year break from opening the
The Manor House, Beaminster, Beaminster
Sun 3 May, Mon 4 May, Sun 24 May, Mon 25 May, Sun 21 Jun

Steep paths lead to beguiling 4 acres of natural woodland with many springs, streams, 2 pools one a natural swimming pool planted with native plants.
The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, Dorchester
Sun 3 May, Wed 6 May, Sun 14 Jun

On Sunday 3rd May, Athelhampton House will again be playing host to a Specialist Plant Fair, organised by Plant Heritage Dorset Group.
Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorchester
Sun 3 May

Town garden of approx ¼ acre. Front: formal hard landscaping planted with drought-resistant shrubs and perennials.
Mayfield, Wimborne Minster
Fri 8 May, Sun 24 May, Mon 25 May, Sun 31 May, Sun 14 Jun

Followed by After Party Discotheque Taking you back to the 90’s with our Spice Girls tribute act! Scary, Baby,Ginger, Posh, Sporty yes now that’s your lot!
The Cumberland Hotel, 27 East Overcliff Drive, Seafront Bournemouth
Fri 8 May

A beautiful array of diverse plants and trees. Empty wine bottles as suggested by the RHS now line the pathway to the Secret Garden.
The Secret Garden, Dorchester
Sat 9 May and Sun 10 May

Baby & children’s nearly new sale selling toys, books, clothes, equipment etc (ages 0-12). Raising funds for Poole Hospital charity SPRING. Admission £1.
Broadstone Methodist Church, Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone
Sat 9 May

Large one and half acre garden with 35m long S-facing herbaceous border with yr round colour. Formal rose garden within a circular floral planting is bound on 3 sides by lavender.
Knowle Cottage, Beaminster
Sat 9 May

4 acres formal and informal gardens surround C18 rectory, splendid views. Yew pyramid alles and hedges, circular herbaceous borders with late summer colour.
The Old Rectory, Pulham, Dorchester
Sun 10 May, Thu 14 May

Behind the gate of 150 year old Falconers Cottage lies a ¼ acre mature garden with some interesting plants.
Falconers, Poole
Sun 10 May, Sun 17 May

Escape briefly from the cares and pressures of the world. Visit this unusual garden tucked away in an area of extraordinary peace and tranquility chosen by the Monks of Milton Abbey.
Holworth Farmhouse, Dorchester
Sun 10 May, Sun 24 May, Mon 25 May, Sun 14 Jun, Sun 5 Jul

Japanese themed water garden featuring granite sculptures, ponds, waterfalls, azaleas, rhododendrons cloud topiary and a collection of large koi carp.
22 Avon Avenue, Ringwood
Sun 10 May

½ acre plantlover’s garden full of interest from spring (bulbs, many hellebores, pulmonaria, fritillaries) through abundant summer perennials, old roses scrambling through trees and late
Herons Mead, Wool
Sun 10 May

Over 1 acre of informal mature garden on different levels. Lawns lead past borders and rockeries down to a shady lower garden. Numerous paths take you past a variety of uncommon shrubs and plants.
Wolverhollow, Monkton Wyld
Sun 10 May and Mon 11 May

Wimborne Horticultural Society Talk
Main Hall, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne
Mon 11 May

13 acres of peaceful, partly wild gardens in ancient monastic setting with mature specimen trees, Saxon fish pond, herb garden, orchard and apiary beside R Allen close to town centre.
Deans Court, Wimborne Minster
Wed 13 May, Wed 24 Jun

Extensive mature garden with sweeping panoramic views from lawn over parkland to lake and enchanting woods through which you can wander amongst bluebells.
Wincombe Park, Shaftesbury
Wed 13 May, Sun 17 May

Started over 25 yrs ago, the hard landscaping provides different levels with breathtaking views over the Marshwood Vale towards Pilson Pen.
Pilsdon View, Bridport
Sat 16 May to Mon 18 May

1-acre garden brought back to life since 2012. There is now much more light after some trees were taken down and new areas have been cultivated.
Well Cottage, Bridport
Sat 16 May to Mon 18 May

Join 2,000 adventurers of all experience levels & ages and Walk, Jog or Run the spectacular Jurassic Coast - a World Heritage Site.
Poole harbour
Sat 16 May and Sun 17 May

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