Cranborne Manor Garden
The garden surrounds the manor house, one of King John’s hunting lodges. The walled garden, divided into four, has an espaliered apple walk and all the fruit grown here is used on the estate. Leading from here is an area where cowslips, ox-eye daisies and wild orchids grow in the spring and summer. Gatehouses facing the manor lead to an area of mixed shrubs, early spring bulbs, roses, herbaceous perennials and clematis (access to this area may be restricted). The Sundial Garden was believed to have been laid out by designer John Tradescant during the reign of James 1st. Eight box-edged beds surround a sundial mount and are planted with Hidcote lavender, roses, clematis, peonies, salvias and hardy geraniums. Other areas to explore are the Bowling Alleé; the croquet lawn; the Lump Garden; the West Border with philadelphus, tree peonies, daphnes and lilacs; and the Winterborne Garden (best seen in April and early May for daffodils and blossoms).
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Some gravel paths & grassy inclines
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Wed 1 Mar-30 Sep
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About The area
Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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