Month by Month in the Gardens
In a bid to help you visualise what you may expect to see on a visit to Minterne Gardens, we have split the year up into the following monthly ‘areas’ which will give you a good idea of what you may expect to see at its finest – and roughly when. Please select a relevant month from the list below.
Why not make the most of Minterne with a season ticket? These are available for families and individuals. More information is available on the visitor information page.
You can keep up to date with how the gardens are looking with daily updates via our Twitter and Facebook pages or read our monthly blog updates for unique insights into all the happenings in this “corner of paradise”.
Reasons To Visit The Gardens This Month
By Mark Bobin, Head Gardener
This month, Minterne gardens will have the beautiful and delicate bell-shaped flowers of snowdrops. A sure sign that spring is on the way!
Galanthus (snowdrops) cover the ground as you journey through the garden. A very photogenic plant to capture at this time of year, with a crisp blue sky or the outlines of a leaveless leaflesstrees in the background.
The name Galanthus is from the Greek, meaning milk flower and the species name nivalis means ‘of the snow’.
The bulbous herbaceous perennials love moist conditions and given this environment will multiply in drifts, giving you the ‘carpet’ effect.
As an extra incentive to see these delicate beauties we are offering a special 2-for-1 entry (£5 for two adults) to the gardens during snowdrop season.
With St. Valentine’s Day just around the corner (14th February gents!), what better time to share one of Dorset’s “best kept secrets” in this corner of paradise? Whether you tell your better half that it is 2-for-1 is entirely up to you! Given the beautiful flowers on show at Minterne, we thought we would take a look at the connection between flowers and weddings with some of the top floral displays at Minterne in this months blog.
Speaking of romance – we are delighted this month to have been named one of the Evening Standard’s top 19 wedding venues in the UK and featured on the excellent Bridebook.co.uk site. To celebrate, we have put together a table of wedding venues in Dorchester to allow a simple, side-by-side comparison for brides to be. If you know someone getting married this year, let them know about this excellent resource.
Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm * 11th February to 9th November * Admission Price £5.00 (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.