Cranborne Manor Garden
Opening dates and times:For NGS: Wed 10 Apr (9-4), Sat 13 July (10-4)
For other opening times and information, please phone or see garden website
Admission:Adm £5, chd £1
Telephone: 01725 517248
Location:10m N of Wimborne on B3078.
Enter garden via Cranborne Manor Garden Centre, on L as you enter top of village of Cranborne
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Description:Beautiful and historic garden laid out in C17 by John Tradescant and enlarged in C20, featuring several gardens surrounded by walls and yew hedges: blue and white garden, cottage-style and mount gardens, water and wild garden. Many interesting plants, with fine trees and avenues
Disability information:Mostly wheelchair access
Further details:Cranborne Manor Garden was originally established in the 17th century by John Tradescant and Mounten Jennings.
From the end of the 17th century it was virtually abandoned and was only revived when the family moved back to the Manor in the 1920s. Incorporating some of the original plans, succeeding generations have established the framework of the garden as it is today, combining wild and formal areas with equal success.
The Jacobean Mount garden has formal beds edged in box and filled with lavender, with yew pillars standing sentinel at each corner. The North garden is stunning in high summer when the philadelphus, white rambling roses and white single pinks are in full bloom. The Kitchen garden has an apple arch under which Thalia narcissi flower in the spring followed by Allium christoffii, under-planted with nepeta mussenii.
The arch leads to rectangular beds planted with roses and under-planted with pinks. Against the south facing wall peaches, nectarines and apricots thrive. The Winterborne garden is best seen in spring when the river is still running and the spring-flowering shrubs and water-loving plants are at their height.
The Chalk Walk with its double 'hot' herbaceous borders, at its best in late August and September, leads to an old-fashioned cottage garden. Throughout, climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle and wisteria clothe mellow brick walls, and ancient yew hedges screen the garden from the surrounding farmland. Old roses, delphiniums, violas and herbaceous geraniums give an air of continuity as one wanders through this timeless garden