Designed by Gertrude Jekyll, Durmast has contrasting hot and cool colour borders, formal rose garden edged with lavender and a long herbaceous border. Many old trees, Victorian rockery and orchard with beautiful spring bulbs. Rare azaleas; Fama, Princeps and Gloria Mundi from Ghent.
Features incl new rose bowers with rare French roses; Eleanor Berkeley, Psyche and Reine Olga Wurtemberg. New Jekyll border with a blue, yellow and white scheme.
Sunday 2 April, Sunday 25 June (2 - 5pm). Admission £4.00, children free. Cream teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to July, incl talk on the history and planting of the garden for groups only. Admission £7.50, children free. Cream teas.
This garden also makes a donation to Delhi Commonwealth Women's Assn Medical Clinic.
Many stone paths and some gravel paths.
How to find us
Durmast House, Bennetts Lane, Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4AT
5m SE of Ringwood. Off Burley to Lyndhurst Rd, nr White Buck Hotel.
More about Durmast House
Durmast House was originally built in 1840 and eventually acquired by Miss Nelly Baring, who engaged her cousin, Gertrude Jekyll, to redesign the Victorian garden in 1907. The present owners, Mr & Mrs Daubeney have obtained copies of the original Gertrude Jekyll plans from the University of California, Berkeley USA and they are now in the process of restoring the garden according to the original scheme. The formal rose garden has been planted with old roses such as Comte de Chambord (1860), Rose de Meaux (1829) and the beds edged with lavender. Herbaceous borders have been planted to be in sympathy with Miss Jekyll's ideas on drifts and colour schemes. New planting of the Azalea border from the plans has rare old Ghent, Belgium Azaleas, Princeps, Gloria Mundi and Fama as well as Narcissiflora and Ponticum. Another border has been opened and planted near the Lutyens style summer house, yellow tree lupins, Echinops Ritro, white broom, Cistus Cyprius and Lusitanicus, edged in Munsted lavenders, santolina and white dianthus. New rose bowers with rare French roses, Eleanor Berkeley, Psyche and Euphrosyne. Group openings incl a talk on the history and planting in the garden. Excellent home-made scones and cream teas.