OCTOBER BLOG

By Maureen Panchen

 THE GOLD RUSH

 

The first whispering days of autumn coolness bring in a shimmering wash of leaves and clear, bright mornings in the Cerne Valley.

 

With the appearance of this season, Minterne Gardens is hard to beat for its stunning array of colours on leaves, berries and barks.

 

Walking under the leafy shelter of Acers and passing the ancient Metasequoia which flank Cherry Tree Avenue, visitors will arrive at the Himalayan Hut, where they can contemplate the world at a distance while surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of this 27-acre wild, woodland garden.

 

Amongst Minterne Garden’s arboreal collection, feature some of the most glorious Acers –

 

On the island above Eleanor’s Bridge Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ and Acer cappadocicum provide autumnal reflections in the water; the ‘Osakazuki’ is a cutting taken from the original Osakazuki in the garden which dates from 1925 and sourced in Yokahama.

 

Acer palmatum – we may be biased but nevertheless think that the colour and shape is near perfection!

 

Some other species Acers you will see in the garden are A. nikoense, A. griseum, A. maximowiczianum, A.rufinerve, A.rubrum,

 

Other notable trees worth a mention at Minterne Gardens-

Cercidiphyllum japonicum which releases its delicious toffee fragrance into the air during the autumn.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ – often regarded as native in southern England, some evidence suggests it didn’t arrive here until about 4,000 BC.

Liquidamber styraciflua – also known as American sweetgum, hazel pine, redgum, satin-walnut, star-leaved gum, alligatorwood or simply, sweetgum.

What better backdrop for those budding photographers who still want to enter the FACEBOOK photographic competition for the chance to win family season tickets? Closing date: November 17th  

 

 

Images Courtesy of Peter Bootton. Maureen Panchen, Jeremy Walker

Gardens open daily 10am – 6pm, Entrance £5 (Season tickets available here). On the A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road.

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Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    1st February to 11th November    *    Admission Price £6.00 (Children under 12 Free)
Season Tickets Available Here 

Dogs welcome on leads    *    Parking is FREE for visitors in the car park opposite St Andrews Church    *    Minterne currently offers a selection of cream teas (weather permitting - please phone ahead to confirm)    *    Please note: Unfortunately, Minterne Gardens feature many uneven surfaces and are therefore NOT SUITABLE for wheelchairs    *    Minterne House itself is a private residence and therefore not open to the public without prior consent.

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“You supported our impression of English people’s extraordinary kindness!” Gesche and Martin from Germany

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“Best Year Yet!” Jonathan E via TripAdvisor

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“Wonderful gardens. Been back to this garden for at least the sixth time. Highly recommended.”

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“Wonderful spring gardens” Ann A via TripAdvisor

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“Minterne Gardens was a great recommendation and was a refreshing change from National Trust formality.”

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“”This is our favourite place”

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“Minterne Garden looking beautiful today, my first visit, still discovering Dorset after 36yrs!”

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“Visited @Minterne_Garden, gorgeous place! Planned an hour, stayed an entireafternoon”

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” We had a lovely walk round. Its very peaceful. Its set in beautiful surrounds. Make sure you read all the information on the way round, it is very interesting.”

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“Very interesting plants and trees, water features and a small tearoom for refreshments make for a lovely way to spend an afternoon”

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