Unusual and challenging ½ acre garden set on steep hillside with fine views. Wildlife friendly garden with mixed borders, ponds, propagating area, vegetable garden, fruit cage, greenhouses and polytunnel, chickens and bees, nearby allotment. Daffodils, tulips and hellebores in quantity for spring openings. Come prepared for steep terrain and a warm welcome!
Run on organic lines with plants to attract birds, bees and other insects. Insect-friendly plants usually for sale. Honey and hive products usually available and, weather permitting, observation hive of honey bees in courtyard. Beekeeper present to answer queries.
Sunday 1 April, Monday 2 April, Sunday 15 April, Sunday 22 April, Sunday 6 May, Monday 7 May (2 - 5pm). Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement March to May for groups of 10+. Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.
How to find us
Ivy House Garden, Piddletrenthide, Dorset, DT2 7QF
9m N of Dorchester. On B3143. In middle of Piddletrenthide village, opp Village Stores near Piddle Inn.
More about Ivy House Garden
Ivy House Garden was first mentioned in William Robinson's Cottage Gardening magazine, in the late 1890's, when C.W.Groves nursery, now relocated to West Bay, Bridport, was situated in Piddletrenthide. The garden as it is today was laid out in 1986 by the current owners. The steep, chalky hillside presents quite a challenge both to the gardener and the visitor! Within the half-acre plot are different areas of interest, including two ponds, an organic potager with flowers for cutting, and vegetables, a fruit garden and herbaceous borders. There are also two greenhouses and a poly-tunnel, the latter used for over-wintering perennials, growing early salad crops and in the Summer months for squashes and cucumbers. A small herb garden is situated near the fruit cage; this uses slate chippings as a planting base for thymes as well as other herbs grown in pots. A Spring woodland garden above the Summerhouse is planted with a dolly-mixture of tulips and a collection of hellebores and early flowering shrubs. In Summer swags of rambler roses bloom in front of the Summerhouse.
Back in 2004, 25 trees, mostly Leylandii, were felled and an wildlife-attractant garden was created at the top of the plot with far-reaching views of the countryside. The garden is fed annually with a mixture of garden compost, horse manure and leaf mould.