By Maureen Panchen


There is scientific evidence that going for a walk somewhere green – or just heading for the garden – when we need to recharge or relax improves wellbeing. In South Korea & Japan this is known as “forest-bathing” or “shinrin-yoku”. In Scandinavia it’s called “friluftsliv”, roughly translated as ‘free, air, life.’ Some call it “ecotherapy” in the UK, but whatever you want to call it, a walk in a tranquil garden is just what you will be promised when you visit Minterne Gardens.


So take a ‘green prescription’, reduce those stress hormones and enjoy 27 acres of wild woodland garden here at Minterne. If we had to paint a picture in words – imagine the sounds of summer – the faint susurration of grass as horses amble by; the subtle odours of grass; rare summer breezes whisking at the leaves; a thousand flowers upon which to feast your eyes, some of which are now appearing in the garden.


Candelabra primula carpet the water’s edge, giving vibrant colour and a little height from a group cover plant. At Minterne these plants adore the conditions, so freely multiply to give a fantastic display.

Deutzia, Weigela and Philadelphus are all shrubs that will give scent, colour and interesting flowers to stimulate the senses. There are many dotted around the grounds, so keep an eye or nose out for them.

Another interesting plant is Smilancina racemosa (false spikenard). This plant looks a little like solomon’s seal and is located near the scented garden.

There is still time to enter our FACEBOOK photographic competition.

Henni’s Sweet Treats will be serving Light Lunches & Cream Teas on the East Terrace overlooking the lake during the summer.

Gardens open daily 10am – 6pm, Entrance £6 (Season tickets available here). On the A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road. Cream Teas served daily (weather permitting).


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Photos Courtesy of: Head Gardener Mark Bobin

Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    1st February to 8th 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.