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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

Tel
01300 341370

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, 10am–6pm, 1 Feb–1 Nov.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) – applies when open.

Facilities

  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Champion trees
  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by

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 80ha (200-acer) 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. 

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.