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!
As the first changes of colour begin to appear in the garden, we look at some of our features planned for 2017 and the likelihood of an “Indian Summer”read more
THIS MONTH WE PAY TRIBUTE TO Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green.read more
Continuing with our international theme from June, this month we focus on Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera Manicata) from Brazil and Hydrangea (Hortensia) from Asiaread more
Certificate of Excellence We were delighted this month to have been awarded a 'Certificate of Excellence 2016' courtesy of online review site TripAdvisor. As it stands we currently have a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 57 reviews. This places us as the number two...read more
Minterne’s summertime extravaganza takes us by surprise with International flavours this month. Find out about some of our unique plants from China …read more
This months blog looks back at early 20th century plant hunters and sponsors and looks forward to our annual Spring Fair this Sunday 15th May.read more
During the Mayday bank holidays we welcomed Hennis Sweet Treats of Weymouth to Minterne Gardens. Hennis served cream teas and we are very pleased to announce that they will continue to provide refreshments on the East Terrace throughout May (please note: they will not...read more
We have been very fortunate this month to receive some images courtesy of Roland Vernon. Although, we have a huge collection of beautiful photographs of the Grand House and beautiful gardens we seldom see the 27-acres from this angle! Our thanks go out to Mr Vernon of...read more
APRIL BLOSSOMS/BLUEBELLS & WILD GARLIC SCENTS TO FILL THE SENSES Minterne Gardens may nestle in a sleepy valley in the Dorset countryside but in April it is awash with sights & scents which dazzle the senses. English Bluebells English Bluebells...read more
The spring bulbs at Minterne Gardens are erupting into colour one by one, which must be a sure sign of the season changing. Daffodils have long been considered one of the heralds of spring. Planted in autumn, they spend several months developing roots before the...read more
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.