Spring is here, and what a better time to visit gardens and see the beginnings of flowers bursting into life? Valley News has picked out two gardens for you to enjoy in the coming month of April.

Sunday April 14

The Old Vicarage, Shaftesbury.

A stunning award-winning Dorset wildlife-friendly garden with swimming pond and bog gardens. There are hundreds of bulbs, herbaceous perennial, roses and clematis. It is a perfect place to take the family with a tree viewing platform with wonderful views, an oak swing for the children and even hidden fairies.

Home-made teas available to eat sitting around a cosy wood stove.

Sunday April 14, 2pm – 5pm. Sunday April 26, 2pm to 5pm. Admission £4

01747 811744

The Old Vicarage, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0BA

Saturday April 13

29 Job’s Mill, Crockerton, Warminster (featured image).

Lady Silvy McQuiston kindly opens up her delightful 5-acre garden to visit in the Spring. Set in a beautiful setting around an old converted water mill you can stroll along the River Wylye which flows through the garden. The design is set on many levels with a grass terraced designed by Russell Page.

The spring bulbs and erythronium are plentiful in the spring to inspire you with ideas for your own garden.  A water garden, herbaceous border, vegetable garden and orchard as well as riverside and woodland walks and even a secret garden make this a perfect afternoon outing.

Saturday April 13, 2pm – 5pm. Saturday May 25, 2pm – 5.30pm. Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas available.

Five Ash Lane, Crockerton, Warminster, BA12 8BB.



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