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Weldmar Hospicecare

Shortly before the lockdown, Weldmar Hospicecare sent us a brochure for gardens opening for this charity. Although we cannot at present take advantage, many would be suitable for the future.

Open Gardens for Weldmar

Welcome to Weldmar Hospicecare’s 2020 Open Gardens, featuring 14 beautiful gardens scattered throughout Dorset!

We are very excited that we have such a diverse range of gardens opening this year; from the secret street back gardens, to fresh cut flower farms, to parterre fragrance gardens – we’ve got it all! This year welcomes 10 exciting new gardens, and we are happy to have back some much-loved favourites as well. We also have the privilege this year, of Bindon Mill opening for us. Tucked in the heart of Wool, this beautiful estate will be open to view, with the option of purchasing lunch, and other refreshments, whilst perusing other locally produced goods. All these gardens are open from March right the way through until December, so make sure to mark off all the dates in your diary.

This is an unusual, engaging and inspiring way for you, our supporters, to help us raise vital funds for Weldmar Hospicecare. Open Gardens celebrates the beauty of our lovely county, the area Weldmar Hospicecare cares for, so please do tell your friends and family! Every penny raised from the Open Gardens will go towards the continuation of the high quality care and support that we provide to patients and their loved ones throughout Dorset.

Bindon Mill

This is an interesting old mill house updated by the present owners. There is a small formal garden to the east of the house and the rest of the garden runs along side of the river Frome, with interesting features such as the Archimedes lock controlling the river flow into the old millpond. On the adjoining site to the south are the ruins of the Cistercian abbey founded in 1192. You can visit these and walk round the remains of the former fish ponds used by the monks. There will be an array of stalls including handmade candles, and preserves, alongside refreshments and light lunches.

Date: Sunday 5th July

Time: 10.00-16.00

Location: Bindon Lane, Wool, Wareham, BH20 6BN

Directions: From Wool turn L off A352, immediately after coming over the level crossing (or immediately before, if coming from the west), onto the B3071 signposted Lulworth. Then shortly after, on the edge of the village, turn L again onto the road marked Bindon Lane. When road bends to the R turn L into the private drive to the house.


Free Parking Wheelchair access Toilet facilities Refreshments available Plants for sale Dogs welcome to visit on leads

Cost: £5.00, children free.

22 Chapel Lane

Approximately 180’ long x 70’ wide with decking, this garden has: a stream, rockery, flowers, shrubs and ponds. On the Saturday evening in December, the garden will be beautifully illuminated.

Dates: Saturday 11th April/Saturday 20th June/Saturday 5th December (Illuminations on December date)

Time: 11.00-16.00

Location: 22 Chapel Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5NA

Directions: From Dorchester A354 to Bincombe Junction, left and left past the Royal Standard on the left. Take the next left by the Old Church then right to the bottom of the road.

Extras: Free Parking Wheelchair access in all or some of the garden Toilet facilities Refreshments available Plants for sale Dogs welcome to visit on leads

Cost: £3.00

Black Shed

Black Shed is a working cut flower farm, a spectacular sight with over two hundred beds full of the most beautiful British blooms arranged over a landscaped two acre site.

With wide grass paths on a gently sloping site, easy access and plentiful car parking, we welcome everyone to come and enjoy our thriving three year old flower farm, as featured on Countryfile in September 2019. There will be the opportunity to purchase cut flowers and bouquets, with light refreshments available

Dates: Sunday 14th June/ Sunday 16th August

Time: TBC

Location: Blackmarsh Farm, Dodds Cross, Sherborne, DT9 4JX

Directions: We are easy to find, directly on the A30, half a mile east of Sherborne, heading towards Milborne Port, at the junction of the A30 and the B3145. We share our site here at Blackmarsh Farm with The Toy Barn, with it’s lovely Orchard children’s play area and wonderful traditional Toy Shop


· Free Parking

· Wheelchair access

· Toilet facilities

· Refreshments available

· Plants for sale

· Dogs welcome to visit on leads

Cost: £4.00, children free.

Cranborne Manor Garden

Beautiful and historic garden laid out in the 17th century by John Tradescant and enlarged in the 20th century, featuring several gardens surrounded by walls and yew hedges: blue and white garden, cottage style and mount gardens, water and wild garden. Many interesting plants, with fine trees and avenues.

Dates: Wednesday 17th June

Time: 9am – 5pm

Location: Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PP

Directions: 10miles north of Wimborne on B3078. Enter garden via Cranborne Garden Centre, on the left as you enter the top of village of Cranborne.


Free Parking

Wheelchair access

Toilet facilities

Refreshments available

Plants for sale

Dogs welcome to visit on leads

Cost: Adults – £6.00, children – £1.00

Harcombe House

The garden is situated high on the west side of Hardown Hill overlooking Charmouth and Lyme Regis with far reaching, stunning views. The gardens extent to about 2 acres with formal areas, wild garden and woodland. The formal garden, laid out in the 1920’s, is formed with paths, terraces and steps carefully sculptured into the hillside giving a spectacular setting. There is a wide selection of mature plants and shrubs providing good displays throughout spring, summer and autumn.

Date: Sunday 28th June

Time: 11.00-17.00

Location: Harcombe Road, Bridport, DT6 6EB

Directions:Harcombe House is located about 4 miles west of Bridport by going through Morcombelake Village on the A35, turning right after The Art Wave West Art Studio and then immediately right into Pitmans Lane. The house is about 1/4 mile up the lane on the right hand side.

Extras: Free Parking Toilet facilities Dogs welcome to visit on leads

No wheelchair access.

Cost: £5.00, children free.

Hardy’s Court

Hardy’s Court is a block of retirement flats situation on the main Dorchester Road. It has a large garden laid to lawn with shrubs, pots and baskets of blooms. Selection of cakes and tea available & bric a brac along with a fantastic performance from the Wacapella Choir!

Date: Saturday 27th June

Time: 12.00-16.00

Location: 191 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT4 7NL

Directions: Head down Dorchester Road towards Weymouth seafront, pass Morrisons on your left, and then Lidl also on your left, Hardy’s Court is then on your right after 0.2 mile.

Extras: Free Parking and directly on the no10 and no2 bus route Wheelchair access Toilet facilities Refreshments available Plants for sale Dogs welcome to visit on leads

Cost: Entrance Free! Donations welcome.

Keyneston Mill

The creative and experimental home of Parterre Fragrances, Keyneston Mill is the largest private botanic gardens in the country dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants, with over 1,500 varieties in a 50-acre estate. Here the key ingredients of Parterre luxury perfumes are grown, harvested and distilled. The formal gardens are laid out to represent the main fragrance families, such as floral, fern, spice and citrus, and beyond you will find the perfume crop fields, orchard and river meadow. There is also a bistro-cafe and gift shop on site.

Date: Saturday 16th May

Time: 10.00 – 16.30

Location: Tarrant Keyneston, Blandford Forum, DT11 9HZ

Directions: From the A354, northbound – turn right onto Langton Long. Southbound – turn left onto Langton long. Continue for 2.2 miles. Keyneston Mill is located on the right. From Wimborne Road/B3082 turn opposite the True Lover’s Knot pub. Drive right through Tarrant Keyneston village and continue beyond until you reach the staggered crossroads. Keyneston Mill is located just straight ahead.

Extras: Free Parking Wheelchair access in to café, wc’s and some of the gardens (elsewhere grass paths) Toilet facilities Refreshments available Plants for sale Dogs welcome to visit on leads, but only assistance dogs allowed in the cafe.

Cost: £9.00 for adults, children free

Keyneston Mill are currently looking for volunteers to maintain this beautiful garden, please call 01258 456831 if interested.

Old Smithy

Worth driving twisty narrow lanes to reach this rural 2½ acre streamside garden framing a thatched cottage. Back of beyond setting which inspired international best seller Mr Rosenblum’s List. Succession of ponds. Mown paths. Spring bulbs in profusion, primula candelabras and fritillaria. Sit beneath rustling trees in a garden that blends seamlessly with the horizon. Views of Bulbarrow and church. Parking at The Ibberton upon purchase within. To book lunch, 01258 817956.

Date: Friday 8th May

Time: 14.00 – 17.00

Location: Ibberton, DT11 0EN

Directions: 9 miles NW of Blandford Forum. A357 Blandford to Sturminster Newton. After 6 ½ miles, left to Okeford Fitzpaine. Follow signs to Ibberton, 3 miles.

Extras: Disabled access – Field not great for wheelchairs Refreshments Plant sale Toilets Dogs on leads allowed Parking – available at ‘The Ibberton’(for customers) or roadside or where indicated.

Cost: £5.00 for adults, children free


A spring garden, with a variety of seating areas, a modern take on a cottage garden. With fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders, topiary water features and bonsai. They have been featured in Amateur Gardens, TV Gardeners World and Dorset Life. They have opened for 12 years under the NGS scheme. A ¼ acre garden packed with interest! Private openings available for 8 or more.

Dates: Sunday 26th April

Time: 14.00-17.00

Location: 113 Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 2NH

Directions: On Bridport Road, 3 houses down from B&B Bramlies, heading towards Poundbury

Extras: Refreshments available Plant sale available Parking on the road outside property Most areas accessible for disabled Toilets available Dogs permitted by prior arrangement

Cost: £3.50 entrance, children free.

Secret Garden and Serles House

Alan Titchmarsh described this amusingly creative garden as one of the best 10 private gardens in Britain. The ingenious use of unusual plants complements the imaginative treasure trove of garden objects dart. The enchanting house is also open. A feeling of a bygone age accompanies your tour as you step into a world of whimsical fantasy that is theatrical and unique. ‘Deliciously bonkers’. The enchanting, late Victorian house will also be open.

Dates: Saturday 18th July/Saturday 1st August

Time: 14.00-17.00

Location: 47 Victoria Road, Wimborne, BH21 1EN

Directions: On B3082, West of town, it is very near the hospital and Westfield Car Park is just 300 yards away.


Refreshments Available Nearby Parking Toilet Facilities

No Dogs allowed. Some limited disabled access, there are a couple of steps and a wheelchair would not be able to go into the house.

Cost: £3.50

Swallows Rest B&B Summer Party

Martleaves Farm spans 34 acres on the stunning Fleet Lagoon. Our gardens are home to over 100 ducks, chickens, geese and pet pigs. Lawns, mature shrubs, trees and perennial flowerbeds create a relaxing haven alongside the summerhouse, gazebo and ponds. There is a short walk from these beautiful gardens down to the seafront! There will be a tombola, raffle and live music!

Date: Sunday 19th July

Time: 15.00-18.00

Location: Martleaves Farm, 41 South Road, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, DT4 9NR

Directions: Turn right at Boot Hill traffic lights into Wyke Road then turn left after All Saints Church through the square into Westhill Road and we’re at the bottom at the junction to South Road. Access via gravel driveway.


Free Parking

Wheelchair access in some of the garden – electric scooters can go round the side gate

Toilet facilities

Refreshments available

Plants for sale

Dogs welcome to visit on leads (please be aware that we do have chickens and ducks roaming!)

Cost: £3.00, children free

The Old Rectory

One acre of informal garden surrounds this Victorian ham stone house. Nestling in hilly farmland it has a wooded backdrop and far reaching views. The garden is well tended with a walled area, lawns on different levels with plenty of seating and a large well-stocked rockery. Beyond a small orchard, at the bottom of the garden, there is an attractive area with a pond and a Japanese style summer house. The pond is fed by a stream with woodland behind. A further acre, half of which features a wild flower meadow with intersecting paths, also has a productive vegetable garden and small wooded copse.

Date: Saturday 4th July

Time: 14.00-17.00

Location: West Compton, DT2 0EY

Directions: From Dorchester – When you get to the turning to West Compton Village, which is a no through road, stay on the road sign posted Maiden Newton (do not turn right into West Compton). In about 1/4 mile we are the 1st house on the right. Please drive in the second gate, drive past the house go through the gate at the far side and park in the field.


Parking Wheelchair access Refreshments available

No toilet facilities. No Dogs allowed

Cost: £5.00, children free.

The Old Vicarage

The garden is ¾ acre in size with an emphasis on trees and shrubs rather than flowers. Most of the trees are from the original Victorian planting, which makes for an interesting tree walk. The Vicarage itself is an interesting High Gothic style with William White as the architect, and was featured in Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ as the home of Tess’s husband, Angel Clare.

Dates: Sunday 24th May/Monday 25th May

Time: 14.00-17.00

Location: 1 Clay Lane, Beaminster, DT8 3BU

Directions: Entrance off Barnes Lane, opposite the Fire Station.

Extras: Free Parking Wheelchair access Toilet facilities Refreshments available Dogs welcome to visit on leads

Cost: £3.00

Waterfield House

A fully river-fronted garden sitting on the bank of the River Frome. The garden is comprised of many levels and different seating areas, perfect for spotting the water birds and other wildlife on the river. A beautiful taste of the Dorset countryside with many different secret spots!

Date: Saturday 8th August

Time: 11.00-15.00

Location: Bradford Peverell, Dorchester, DT2 9SA

Directions: A37 from Dorchester, turn left into Bradford Peverell, turn opposite the village hall and then Waterfield House is last house on the right towards Muckleford.


Toilet facilities

Refreshments available

Dogs welcome to visit on leads

No disabled access. Limited Parking

Cost: £3.50, children free

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