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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

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Organised by the garden’s charity – the Knoll Gardens Foundation, our Saturday morning monthly toddler club aims to inspire a love of nature from a young age, encouraging interaction with the
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Sat 30 May, Sat 27 Jun, Sat 25 Jul

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Enchanting 150 yr-old cottage, home of two Royal Academy artists. 32ft x 12½ft garden on 3 patio levels. Pencil gate leads to colourful scented Victorian walled garden.
Annalal’s Gallery, Christchurch
Sun 31 May, Sun 28 Jun, Sun 26 Jul

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Join Neil Lucas for a walk around his acclaimed garden at Knoll as he explains his ethos and some of the concepts and techniques that have gone into the creation of this naturalistic,
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Thu 18 Jun, Thu 23 Jul

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Beautifully designed town garden with pergola leading to ivy canopy over raised decking. Cascading waterfall connects 2 wildlife ponds enhanced with domed acers.
25 Richmond Park Avenue, Bournemouth
Sun 21 Jun, Sun 5 Jul, Sun 26 Jul

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¾ acre walled garden for all seasons. Garden seating throughout the diverse planting areas, incl Mediterranean courtyard garden and wisteria pergola.
22 Holt Road, Poole
Sun 21 Jun, Sun 19 Jul

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Celebrating Bournemouth’s Rich Cultural Diversity. Join us for the 1st Reggae in the Park event in Bournemouth where all come together to pay tribute to music adding to the thread that weaves the...
Kings Park, Bournemouth
Sat 4 Jul and Sun 5 Jul

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Join sculptor and fine artist Sarah Moore in the garden at Knoll for this special one-day stone carving workshop.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Sat 4 Jul

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Beautiful and historic garden laid out in C17 by John Tradescant and enlarged in C20, featuring several gardens surrounded by walls and yew hedges: blue and white garden, cottage style and mount
Cranborne Manor Garden, Cranborne
Sat 4 Jul

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This is a well established event, which people like to support. All the proceeds go to the Friends, which in turn helps the hospital, which is such an important part of our community.
The Terrace Playing Fields, Sherborne
Sun 5 Jul

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Extensive formal and informal gardens strongly influenced by Hidcote Manor and The Laskett and the garden is made up of distinct rooms separated by hedges and taller planting.
Holme for Gardens, Wareham
Tue 7 Jul

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Join Knoll’s bumblebee surveyor (and Knoll Gardens Foundation charity trustee), Rowena Jecock in the garden to discover more about the fascinating world of our bees, begin to identify some of the
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Fri 10 Jul

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Dave Peckham ARPS, has over 30 years experience as a commercial photographer, and now runs Lightroom and Photoshop courses.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Fri 10 Jul

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Garden of ¾ acre set to lawn with shrubs and herbaceous borders surrounded by yew hedge. Water feature, bamboos and various wooden and stone sculptures by owner’s late husband.
16 Chapel Rise, Ringwood
Sat 11 Jul and Sun 12 Jul

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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 11 Jul

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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 11 Jul

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Typical suburban garden with the sea at the end, allows the cultivation of some exotic plants inc strelizia, banana and Cobaea scandens. Fish Pond, mature fruit trees, veg patch and soft fruit.
6 Hillcrest Road, Weymouth
Sun 12 Jul, Sun 19 Jul

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Alan Titchmarsh described this amusingly creative garden as one of the best 10 private gardens in Britain.
The Secret Garden and Serles House, Wimborne
Sun 12 Jul, Thu 16 Jul, and more dates until Sat 5 Sep

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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 12 Jul

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1½ acre garden set on different levels, with a Mediterranean feel, planted to encourage wildlife and pollinators.
White House, Wimborne
Sun 12 Jul and Mon 13 Jul

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Wimborne Horticultural Society Talk
Main Hall, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne
Mon 13 Jul

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In time for the nation’s Big Butterfly Count, dedicated lepidopterist Keith Powrie leads a walk around the gardens to help you identify the many butterflies to be found there.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Fri 17 Jul

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Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers. The Stallholders will include:- Adam’s Tasty Chilli Sauces, Bakeout Café, Cornish Pasties, Devon Fishcakes, Dorset Blue...
Leigh Village Hall, Leigh, nr Sherborne
Sat 18 Jul

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Gardens of over an acre, created from scratch over 20 yrs. Wander through a plantsman’s tropical paradise of giant gunneras, bananas, towering bamboos and over 100 palm trees, into a floral...
Cottesmore Farm, Ferndown
Sun 19 Jul, Sun 26 Jul, Sun 9 Aug

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NEW FOR 2020! We’re super-excited to be bringing Bubble Rush to Poole! Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – lots of coloured bubbles!
Upton Country Park, Poole
Sun 19 Jul

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