357 Ringwood Road
Opening dates and times:Sun 14 July (11-5); Wed 31 July (2-5); Sun 18 Aug (11-5)
Visitors also welcome by appt 1 July to 8 Sept
Admission:Adm £3, chd free
Description:Plantaholics' prize-winning His and Hers garden. Hers is in cottage style with Clematis, Phlox, Lilies, Roses, Monarda, encouraging butterflies and bees, providing a riot of colour and perfume into late summer.Walk through a Moorish keyhole doorway into His exotic garden with Brugmansias, Canna, Oleander, banana, Dahlia and Bougainvillea
Ferndown Common nearby
In the press:Featured on German TV with 5 English gardens incl Great Dixter
Further details:We both share the love of gardening, but we do have different tastes. At the front of the house is Lyn's sunny cottage garden, with Lilies, Phlox, Roses, Salvia, Rudbeckia, Monarda and many more herbaceous plants, which give colour and perfume from early summer till late autumn, Bees and butterflies are attracted to many of these plants. Obelisks give support to some of the one hundred + different Clematis that we grow. Brick-edged lawns run along the tiered borders, a tiled mural on a wall, with an arched brick doorway, separates the front and back garden, the first hint of a surprise in store. Pass through a narrow passage with mosaics, where a Moorish keyhole door frames Malcolm's exotic garden, inspired by holidays in Spain. Spiky Cordylines, palms, Brugmansias, bananas, Oleander and Gazania play host to Cannas and Agaves.Two water features add a calming atmosphere. A conservatory provides shelter for Bougainvillea. There is also a small aviary, clothed with Ipomoea. We make a point of both being in the garden on open days to answer questions.
Many visitors have left with ideas on what can be grown in a small garden, they may even have been inspired to open their own garden. They have also given us many comments, from “I was truly amazed and inspired” to “The best small garden you will ever visit”
You could extend your visit to us with a walk on Ferndown Common, which is just 75 metres from our front gate.
The garden has featured in several national glossy magazines We also made it into the final six gardens in the Daily Mail National Garden competition in 2005. In 2009 we featured on BBC Gardeners World. The Daily Telegraph listed the garden as one of the 50 Best Small Gardens in 2009. In 2011 a 45 minute film on English gardens was made by ARD German TV, which included our garden, Great Dixter, Abbey House Gardens, The World Garden at Lullingstone, David Austin Roses, and the making of a garden at Chelsea flower show.
Our Website previews the garden with 1000+ pictures of the plants we have, jostling for space in the garden.