Whether you are a plant enthusiast or just enjoy walking in beautiful places, there’s a garden in Dorset waiting to be explored. Here are 5 of our favourites:
Informal plantings of glorious grasses and flowering perennials flood the garden growing over winding paths and tumbling over border edges, whilst a mini-arboretum of rare and unusual trees and shrubs add height, interest and further habitat for the garden’s wildlife.  Renowned for its grasses, practical planting ideas with plants from Knoll’s onsite nursery taking the starring role.
Where: Hampreston near Wimborne BH21 7ND
Landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown, the beautiful gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House.
Where: Minterne Magna between Dorchester and Sherborne DT2 7AU
20 acres of gardens in a wooded and sheltered valley, leading down towards the sea at Chesil Beach; this combination produces a microclimate in which more delicate plants than are usually grown in southern England can flourish, and plants that would otherwise need a greenhouses can be grown outside.
Where: Abbotsbury, near Weymouth DT3 4LA

Kingston Lacy

(National Trust)

Home of the Bankes family who owned vast swathes of Dorset for over 400 years. The 12 acre gardens sit in parkland. There’s an impressive Japanese garden and don’t miss the Nursery Wood or the Kitchen Garden.
Where: Wimborne Minster BH21 4EA
This 10 acre ornamental garden was created on an area of Dorset heathland by Thomas Simpson, who purchased the site including the mansion and set about creating a series of themed gardens to reflect his overseas travels. These gardens included a Japanese garden, sub-tropical area, southern Hemisphere collection, the Italian Garden, complete with the façade of an Italian villa, and a hosta walk. The gardens are laid out on a circular route with no steps.
Where: Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7ES

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