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Traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by 3 generations of the Trehane family through over 100yrs of farming and gardening at Hampreston.
Manor Farm, Hampreston, Wimborne
Sun 14 Jun, Wed 5 Aug, Sun 9 Aug

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’This secluded and magical 1-acre garden captures the spirit of warmer climes and begs for repeated visits’ (Gardening Which').
Western Gardens, Poole
Sun 21 Jun, Sun 2 Aug

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Classic English garden divided into rooms. Yew hedges and topiary. Rose garden. Large herbaceous border. Late summer hot garden with grasses. Lawns. Mown walks.
Grove House, Shaftesbury
Sun 28 Jun, Sun 16 Aug

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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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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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Described as a ’little piece of paradise’, with the ’WOW’ factor, our 70ft x 50ft garden is centred around a wildlife pond and tumbling waterfall.
10 Brookdale Close, Broadstone
Sat 25 Jul, Sun 26 Jul, Sat 8 Aug, Sun 9 Aug

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The Dorset Arts & Crafts Summer Exhibition 2020 The largest art and craft show in Dorset takes place from 31st July to 4th August 2020. There is so much to see, it can take half a day or more to explore all the Fine Art, Craft, Photography and...
Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham
Fri 31 Jul to Tue 4 Aug

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Exotic garden full of bananas, palms and lush tropical planting, the garden is filled to the brim with unusual and rare plants, many seldom seen in British gardens.
44 Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone Poole
Sat 1 Aug, Sun 2 Aug, Sat 29 Aug, Sun 30 Aug

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Landscaped into hillside 500ft above the Char Valley with spectacular views across Charmouth and Lyme Bay. Steeply sloping site comprises ¾ acre formal garden and ½ acre wild garden.
Harcombe House, Bridport
Sat 1 Aug, Sun 2 Aug, Tue 4 Aug

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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 2 Aug, Thu 6 Aug

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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 2 Aug and Mon 3 Aug

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Enjoy a short presentation and familiarise yourself with the garden’s layout before taking a special evening stroll as you search for Knoll’s most elusive night-time visitors.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Mon 3 Aug

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Join wildlife volunteers and experts from the Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB along with other wildlife enthusiasts, as they discover more about Knoll’s garden wildlife and help survey the garden.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Tue 4 Aug

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Bridport Vegan Market A lovely, friendly, local market respresenting great vegan traders, hot and cold food, drinks, kids clothing, beauty products, eco goods and charity stalls.
Bridport Town Hall (upstairs behind Bridport TIC) East/ South Street Bridport
Sat 8 Aug

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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 9 Aug, Sun 13 Sep

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Wimborne Horticultural Society Talk
Main Hall, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne
Mon 10 Aug

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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
Thu 13 Aug

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A commercial photographer for over 30 years, Dave Peckham also runs courses in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Fri 14 Aug

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THE MUSIC OF NORTHERN SOUL LIVE features the UK’s premier live Northern Soul Band The SIGNATURES with lead vocalist STEFAN TAYLOR plus original Northern Soul legend LORRAINE SILVER with her classic
The Esplanade Weymouth
Sat 15 Aug

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Parts of the garden have been extensively remodelled during 2018, a new greenhouse and potting shed have been added, along with changing pathways and the vegetable garden layout.
Edwardstowe, Shaftesbury
Sat 15 Aug

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Parts of the garden have been extensively remodelled during 2018, a new greenhouse and potting shed have been added, along with changing pathways and the vegetable garden layout.
Edwardstowe, Shaftesbury
Sun 16 Aug

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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 16 Aug

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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 16 Aug

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The RSPB, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, is bringing its interactive wildlife information stand to the garden.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Fri 21 Aug

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Based in the garden at Knoll, the Knoll Gardens Foundation charity promotes a sustainable, wildlife friendly gardening style which can create stunning effect whilst requiring little maintenance.
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Fri 21 Aug

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