Gardens to visit and enjoy in August and September.
Sunday, August 11,
10.30 – 5pm
Bella Hoare and Johnnie Gallop invite you to come to their beautiful garden, with views to glorious countryside.
There is luxurious planting of dahlias, grasses, asters, cardoons and more, including a new perennial planting. There is an orchard with a wildlife pond and an artist studio surrounded by colour balanced planting with formal pond. There is a pergola with herb terrace and several seating areas to sit and relax in.
Bring the children as there is a garden model railway.
Admission: £5, children free. Home-made teas.
Stourton, Warminster, Gasper Street, Gasper, BA12 6PY.
Springhead (top image)
Thursday, August 22
10am – 5pm
The lakeside gardens at Springhead is open to visitors, with plants for sale and the café open for tea, coffee, cakes and light lunches.
Springhead, an ornamental and productive garden, is at the foot of North Dorset’s most spectacular downland.At the entrance to Springhead, a range of thatched cottages and an 18th century mill house form a courtyard. The small pool at its centre is fed by running water that cascades beneath the mill house to become a gentle stream, Collyer’s Brook, flowing into the River Stour.
The picturesque lakeside gardens to the east of this cluster of buildings focus on a small, Italianate rotunda of stone and wrought iron. At the head of the lake, icy, clear water bubbles up from seven mysterious springs that are crossed by a wooden bridge and overshadowed by huge and veteran trees. Admission: £3.50 with Friends of Springhead Children under 16 free. Accessible to assisted wheelchair users. 01747 811853. Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, SP7 0NU springheadtrust.org.uk/events
PYTHOUSE KITCHEN GARDEN
Thursday, September 5
This is a spectacular garden set in three acres of a working kitchen garden, in largely continuous use since 18th Century, with fruit-lined walls and gnarled apple trees leading down to an orchard, via ravishing, rosa rugosa-edged, beds of flowers, soft fruit, vegetables and beehives.
A restaurant now occupies the old potting shed and conservatory, with terraces for tea on open days. Abundant herbs, kiwis and apricots, as well as the deliciously scented 1920s rose, Mrs Oakley Fisher, growing by the kitchen door.
The restaurant opens 10am for delicious home-made food at coffee, lunch and teatime, served both inside and out on terrace, open until 5pm on open days. www.pythousekitchengarden.co.uk Tisbury, West Hatch, SP3 6PA