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!
Pumpkin anyone? Visit Minterne Gardens this Halloween and see if you can find Jack of the Lantern roaming the gardens with any other evil spirits!The tradition of Jack O’Lantern pumpkins originates in Ireland with a Folk Tale about Jack, a stingy trickster, and the...
Warm up this weekend with a glorious autumn walk around the Himalayan Gardens at Minterne as the trees begin to show their fiery colours! There is nothing quite the same as seeing the garden in its seasonal transition as the colder days turn Summer’s vibrant array of...
Minterne Gardens features on the front cover of the 2019 March edition of Dorset Magazine
Visit The Spooky Shrubbery at Minterne Gardens & Explore The Halloween Trails From 22nd to 31st October Venture along the Dawn Redwood Walk and discover MEGA COBWEBS. In the Haunted Himalayan Hut tangles of silken threads of spiders webs...
The first whispering days of autumn coolness bring in a shimmering wash of leaves and clear, bright mornings in the Cerne Valley.
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
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.
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.
Ever heard of forest-bathing or ecotherapy? Find out more this month as Primula, Deutzia, Weigela, Philadelphus and Smilancina Racemosa make an appearance
The Minterne Spring Fair 2017 will be held on Sunday 14th May, 11.00am to 4.30pm, Entrance £5 for adults. More details here.
A new feature has been added to this month; our very own ‘Himalayan Hut’. Find out what it is and how it was constructed in this months blog.
See some examples of the finest florists in Dorset; all of whom have produced some stunning arrangements, bouquets and decorations here at Minterne House.
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.