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Open Mid February to 9 November, daily, 10am-6pm. Snowdrops from mid-February. Please check website for more details.

MINTERNE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Minterne Magna
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 7AU

On A352 Dorchester/Sherborne road, 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas.

27 acres (10.9ha)

Tel
01300 341370

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £6. Please check website for more details.


RHS members

Free access applies throughout open period.


National Gardening Scheme dates

Mid Feb - 9 Nov

Facilities

  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The Hon. Henry Digby

A hidden gem, Minterne Gardens is in the village of Minterne Magna in the Cerne Valley.  As seen on BBC Gardeners' World, this historic Rhododendron garden is at its peak in April and May. Voted one of the 10 prettiest gardens in England by The Times and described by Simon Jenkins as "a corner of paradise"  lakes, streams and cascades appear at every turn round the horseshoe-shaped wild woodland garden. Minterne Gardens provides a peaceful oasis to watch the world go by, surrounded by vistas stretching into the distance. The scented garden offers a treat for the senses with the wisteria covered walkways, and with more than 200 acers in the garden, the autumn colours are stunning. Finish off a visit with afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the lake.
 

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

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