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.



Special Event in August: If you are likely to be in Scotland in August, there is a special event that may be of interest. The Little Sparta Trust in partnership with the Garden History Society & AGT are hosting a special fund raising gala opening of Ian Hamilton Finlay's garden in North Lanarkshire on Saturday 8th August from 11am to 3pm. There will be a visual history of the making of the garden, a film extract with Ian, poetry readings and music as well as tours with the head gardener George Gilliland. Refreshments will also be available alongside art and plant souvenirs to buy. A bus will be available to take visitors from Central Edinburgh to the venue.
Tickets can be booked directly on
https://littlespartagardenparty2013.eventbrite.co.uk or through the website http://www.littlesparta.org.uk. Entrance £25, or with return bus £35.