About the garden
A hidden gem, Minterne Gardens is in the village of Minterne Magna in the Cerne Valley. This historic woodland garden holds a wonderful collection of the rhododendrons and numerous mature specimen trees such as Davidia, Acer, Magnolia and a whole host of conifers, underplanted with shrubs, perennials and inspiring groundcover.
The 11ha (27 acre) garden benefits from a valley topography and this gives a true feel of the Himalaya. 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 Dorset landscape. The authentic Himalayan Hut provides a restful place for explorers and the newly constructed 'Pagolion', a unique hybrid structure crossed between a pagoda and a pavilion, is a sight to behold.
Finish your visit with afternoon tea and cake on the terrace overlooking the lake.
Please note: this garden is partially accessible.