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Minterne House gardens and Sherborne Castle, Dorset

July 18, 2014

Minterne HouseMinterne House gardensSherborne Castle
Left: Minterne House, centre: Minterne House gardens, right: Sherborne Castle
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Minterne and Sherborne – two fine Dorset gardens, both quite large, and having been in the same family ownership for many years; together they hold a host of interesting and historical features making them a unique and unforgettable experience. An exciting and varied day is anticipated, culminating in a relaxing informal barbeque in a picturesque setting by the 50 acre lake at Sherborne Castle.

The Minterne Valley was landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. They contain a unique collection of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas, with spring bulbs, cherries, maples and many fine and rare trees; the garden is noted for its autumn colouring. Visit the website: www.minterne.co.uk.

When Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown created the lake at Sherborne Castle in 1753, he gave Sherborne the very latest in landscape gardening. Set within the beautiful Dorset countryside, his gardens and ‘pleasure grounds’ are one of the finest examples of ‘Capability’ Brown’s work you will see. Visit the website: www.sherbornecastle.co.uk.


09:30 meeting at Minterne Gardens, for coffee and introduction, guided walk with the Head Gardener, Ray Abraham. Ray has been at Minterne for some time, having carried out significant improvements over the last few years; he is an expert in the gardens with great knowledge of the plants here.

12:00 depart for Sherborne, (own transport.) North on the A352 approx 15min coming down the hill into Sherborne turn Right into New Road, signposted Sherborne Castles.

12:30 Sherborne Castle Tea Room, light refreshments, tea, coffee.
13:15 introduction talk by the Castle archivist Anne Smith. Anne is a well established expert on Dorset history, having been a county, and the castle archivist for some years; she has an unrivalled and exceptional knowledge of the unique Brown landscapes of the West Country, in particular these two fantastic stately homes.
13:45 guided tour of the gardens with Anne Smith and the head gardener Timothy Stiles approx 1.5 hrs. Timothy has been the Head Gardener at Sherborne for many years (nearly two decades) and has a detailed knowledge of the garden and its many interesting trees, plants and features.
16:30 BBQ in the gardens and of course free walking round, chat etc


Cost for the day: £23.00 including all refreshments.

Book Online or contact Tim Stiles for this event.

Postal applications can be sent, together with a cheque made out to The Professional Gardeners’ Guild, to Tim Stiles, Head Gardener, Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset. DT9 5NR

Please book by July 1st 2014


July 18, 2014
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Tim Stiles


Minterne Gardens
Minterne Magna
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AU United Kingdom
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01300 341370