Gardens to visit in Dorset

Gardens in Dorset - MinterneDorset is one of my favourite counties in England with many beautiful gardens to visit. With historic Manor Houses you will be spoilt for choice and you really need a week to ensure that you do not miss anything.

The rolling delightful countryside around Dorchester is known as 'Hardy country' and you can visit the House and Garden of Thomas Hardy who wrote such stories as 'Far from the Madding Crowd. Near here you can also visit the historic Athelhampton House, and Kingston Maurward Gardens. Other great Gardens can be found near Bridport and Weymouth.

Down towards the Heritage coast and Chesil Beach you must visit Abbotsbury Gardens which has interest all the year round. It also has great displays of Rhododendrons in Spring and early summer.

Abbotsbury Gardens in Dorset

Abbotsbury Gardens, near Weymouth

Dorset, Superb sub tropical Abbotsbury Gardens set in beautiful coastal location close to Chesil Beach.

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton House and Garden, near Dorchester

Dorset, The formal gardens at Athelhampton House were built in 1891 by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine.

Bennetts Water Garden, Weymouth

Bennetts Water Garden, near Weymouth

Dorset, This 8 acre site known as Bennetts Water Gardens has been landscaped to create a tranquil walk around numerous lakes with many places to sit and unwind.

Compton Acres Garden

Compton Acres Gardens, near Poole

Dorset, Compton Acres has 10 acres of gardens with lovely views over Poole Harbour and the distant Purbeck Hills.

Cranborne Manor Gardens

Cranborne Manor and Gardens, near Wimborne

Dorset, This delightful garden surrounds the ancient Cranborne Manor House set in the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Horn Park Gardens

Horn Park Gardens

Dorset, Horn Park has a lovely garden with outstanding views to the South Coast.

Kingston Lacy Gardens in Dorset, a great place to visit

Kingston Lacy Gardens, Wimborne

Dorset, Kingston Lacy House and Gardens is 17th century Italian inspired family home surrounded by 300 acres of formal gardens and parkland

Kingston Maurward Garden

Kingston Maurward Gardens

Dorset, Not well known the Kingston Maurward Garden is a real treat for Garden lovers.

Knoll Garden and Nursery in Dorset

Knoll Gardens and Nursery, near Wimborne

Dorset, Whatever the season, there is visual interest aplenty at Knoll Gardens.

Mapperton House Garden

Mapperton House Garden, near Beaminster

Dorset, Mapperton Garden is set hidden away in the most beautiful Dorset countryside.

Minterne Gardens

Minterne Garden, near Dorchester

Dorset, Not that well known but Minterne Garden is a real gem tucked away in the Dorset countryside

Sherborne Castle Garden

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Dorset, This was one of Capability Brown's first commissions giving the Nation a magnificent Landscape Garden

The Blue Pool in Dorset

The Blue Pool

Dorset, The Blue Pool Wareham is a hidden gem.

The Priest's House

The Priests House Garden

Dorset, Take yourself back 40 years in this delightful small garden situated behind the Priests House in Wimborne.

Thomas Hardy's Cottage Garden

Thomas Hardy's Cottage Garden, Dorchester

Dorset, The Thomas Hardy Cottage garden of around 1/3 acre is beautifully laid out with paths, cottage flowers and a vegetable patch.