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 (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
This distinctive lilac-blue bell-like flowers nod gracefully on delicate stems and are a real treat when seen en masse. With their beautiful fragrance they are an ideal choice for encouraging bees, moths and butterflies.

A carpet of intense blue with their delicate scents heralds the arrival of Minterne’s bluebells.

Wild Garlic

At this time of year the flowers are a giveaway: delicate, thin, six white-petalled forming into rough globes that look like exploding fireworks. The true test of wild garlic however is the scent.
Here at Minterne Gardens it perfumes the air. So follow your nose – it will remind you of a powerful spring onion and enjoy the glorious sight which nature gives us.
Let the magic of Minterne Gardens 27 acres of wild woodland banish life’s stresses while you take a walk on the wild side.

Cherry Blossoms
Did you know that on Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. In most major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.
But you don’t have to go to Japan to enjoy the Cherry Blossom season! Minterne Gardens in the Cerne Valley has some splendid blossom displays this month – stroll along Cherry Blossom Avenue where these delicate flowers form natural arches, shading the bluebells and wild garlic on the woodland floor.

Have you seen any amazing botanical sights during your travels or holiday? Are there other scents that particular remind you of this time of year? Let us know in the comments below…


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Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    1st February to 8th November    *    Admission Price £6.00 (Children under 12 Free)
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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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