News, Views and Blog

Welcome to the news, views and blog section of Minterne. During the coming months we will be posting regular updates and musings about all the goings on both in and around Minterne.

We will be showing everything Minterne has to offer the local residents of Cerne Abbas, Dorchester and Sherborne to holiday makers and visitors from further afield. We hope this can also act as a channel for you to communicate with us. Let us know what you like about the gardens, ideas and suggestions or even questions you may have about the mile and a half of wild woodland that comprises Minterne. Our Head  Gardener Mark Bobin will endeavour to answer any horticultural curiosities you may have!

Gold Rush

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

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Autumn Planting, The Farm & Medieval Traditions

The colours at Minterne are already changing – Dense honey-coloured light of late summer evenings shines through the scissor-cut red leaves of a Japanese maple, illuminating the cascades at Minterne. 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

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Mid-Summer at Minterne

AUGUST ushers in the Hydrangeas at Minterne – with robust blue, white & pink squadrons lining the paths.
Of them all, my personal favourite has to be Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ – a small deciduous shrub with ovate leaves which turn red in the autumn. Lace-cap flower heads with blue fertile flowers surround large pale blue sterile florets.

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July Wildlife at Minterne

JULY is a great month to view the diverse wildlife that call Minterne Gardens their home.
Dragonflies, Damselflies and frogs all stick around the water areas. Here you will see the Dragonflies zoom by, Damselflies gracefully flutter between landing on plants, and frogs can be seen in wet or damp positions, so keep an eye out for them. The Dragonfly pictured is a Male Broad-bodied Chaser which is a little different to other Dragonflies because it has a flatter body and flies quite like a hornet.

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Green Power

Ever heard of forest-bathing or ecotherapy? Find out more this month as Primula, Deutzia, Weigela, Philadelphus and Smilancina Racemosa make an appearance

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Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    11th 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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