Dorset Gardens

This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and from two nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in Dorset to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.

  • Our suggested itinerary could include:
    •  Visit to Chiffchaffs
    • Visit to Hilltop
    • Visit to the Old Rectory
    • Visit to Broomhill
    • Visit to Mapperton
    • Visit to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens & Swannery
    • Visit to Kingston Maurward Gardens
    • Visit to Lyn & Malcolm’s Garden(357 Ringwood Rd)
    • Visit to Apple Court
  • Group Organiser benefits
  • No single room supplements (selected tours only

To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Chiffchaffs is a garden which has spring bulbs, herbaceous borders, shrub roses, lilies and clematis amongst its key features. There are about a dozen cultivars of Liquidambar styraciflua and groups of Disanthus cercidifolius, as well as magnolias, meconopsis, maples and gunneras. Hilltop has unusual and interesting annuals and perennials, alongside traditional and familiar plants like phlox, roses, asters and dahlias boldly combine to make a spectacular display. The focus of the garden is a massive oak around which the garden curves and flows, the paths and borders meandering away from the shade into the sun fill every corner with interest and surprise. The garden was included as one of the Daily Telegraph's 50 Great Small Gardens to visit. The Old Rectory at Pulham has circular herbaceous borders, parterres, a terrace, waterfall, ha-ha and bog garden. There are 4 acres of formal and informal gardens where Yew hedges enclose circular herbaceous borders. Exuberantly-planted terrace with purple and white beds.

Day 2  - Broomhill has been developed over many years from just a lawn and a border near the house. In 1990 a trellised entrance and a pergola were added, now covered in clematis, roses, honeysuckle and wisteria. This was followed by making a large pond in a very wet area, then a bog garden. This part of the garden is wilder, with plenty of shade, rough grass and wild flowers, planted to attract butterflies and bees. A late summer border was planted on a steep bank with grasses, kniphofi as, rudbeckias, asters, echinacias and crocosmia, and persicaria. Paths twist and turn so not all the garden is seen at once. Mapperton -The top level is the croquet lawn. The next level is the Italianate garden complete with grottoes, stone ornamental birds, animals and fountains. Below the wall and summer house are 17th century fish ponds. An orangery was added and a wild garden with its wonderful specimen shrubs and trees. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world and Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A highlight of this visit is the ‘mass feeding’ of the swans.

Day 3 - Kingston Maurward Gardens has alake, canals and has both broad sweeping and formal gardens. The lovely 35 acre formal gardenswere created within a parkland setting and the vestiges of a Victorian garden and are set on a number of axes. Each of these has a central feature such as a pool, or statuary or a theme, for example a Penstemon Terrace or Rose Garden, designed to ensure a subtle blending of the formal with the informal. Lyn & Malcolms Garden - Lyn's garden is in a Cottage style with many favourite old and new plants. Phlox, lilies, roses and monarda, are planted to encourage butterflies and bees where 100+ varieties of Clematis are woven into and around it. Walk through a Moorish keyhole doorway into Malcolm's Exotic Garden wherelarge bananas, brugmansias, cannas, oleander, agave, ipomoea and dahlia, come together in a Spanish influenced design. Apple Court’s Garden was originally the apple store for Yeatton House. The garden was designed as a series of interlocking areas each of which was intended to create a distinct visual impression and to have a microclimate well suited to the particular plants intended to grow in each. The garden has a White Garden, Hosta Walks, Exotic borders, Grass borders, Fern Walk, Japanese Garden, Woodland borders and Daylily Gardens.

With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.