Welcome .....

..... to the website of The Dorset Gardens Trust.

We are a conservation charity working to protect the county's many historic parks and gardens for future generations.

We work with garden owners and local and national bodies to highlight, protect and encourage the conservation and restoration of designed landscapes, ranging from stately homes to public parks, cottage gardens to cemeteries. Principally funded by over 500 members, we run visits, lectures and events where members can share their interest and knowledge in a sociable atmosphere. Through its research and recording programme, the Trust undertakes and supports research on sites of historic interest, including sites that the Trust has rediscovered, as well as on other related topics. We share knowledge through our Journal and also seek to inspire the gardeners of the future through imaginative projects with schools.


This site aims to provide an information source on gardens and designed landscapes in Dorset as well as describing the activities of the Trust.



♦ Don't forget the Garden Day at Herringston on 29th June. There will be 20 specialist plant stalls and some 15 other stalls and demonstrations. Lunches and teas available.  At 2.30 pm Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens will be giving a talk entitled "'More Wow Less Work- bringing the year-round beauty of ornamental grasses to your garden." The talk is free.  Neil is the UK's leading ornamental grass specialist, an RHS Council member, judge, author, and holder of 10 consecutive Chelsea Gold medals.


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