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June 16th & 17th 2018 from 11a.m. to 5 p.m.

20 gardens open and Exhibition by local artists

Price: £10 adults (tickets valid for both days);
children free; no dogs please

The beautiful and varied Gardens of Cranborne in Dorset will be open for visitors on the weekend of June 16th and 17th. From the famous Cranborne Manor gardens, originally designed by John Tradescant in the 17th century, through elegant period and modern homes to much-loved cottage gardens, there is something for everyone in this delightful and historic Dorset village.

Private Garden

The gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June.

There will also be an exhibition of art by local artists Helen Godfrey, Linda RoweMichelle Clements and Carla Taylor. There will be a wide range of stalls and activities in the village during the weekend, including maypole dancing and delicious, homemade refreshments. The event is being held in aid of church funds. 

Highlights of the many gardens opening include:

Cranborne Manor Gardens: designed by John Tradescant in the early 17th century, the structure follows a pattern of ‘rooms’, delineated by hedges or walls and softened by billowing herbaceous borders. For more detailed information please visit

Cranborne Manor: Church Walk photographed by Val Corbett


Red Lion House: a delightful private garden, which is chemical-free and uses the principles of bio-dynamic horticulture. The herbaceous borders, rose, herb and vegetable gardens are designed to reflect the local environment. There are also a number of modern sculptures.

Manor View House: this wonderful late-Georgian house boasts a beautiful walled garden, with a mass of repeat planting surrounding variegated standard hollies; deep borders are planted with a mixture of shrubs, perennials and roses.

The Old Vicarage: a mature garden with views to the church and Cranborne Manor. A natural swimming pond provides a habitat for wild life.

Bank House: a typical Edwardian small walled garden with a vine, herbaceous plantings, roses, shrubs and climbing plants.


Cranborne Manor: Roses in the Walled Garden photographed by Val Corbett

Private Garden



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