Knoll Gardens takes its inspiration from the natural world. Its naturalistic planting style creates a glorious garden packed with year-round interest, which is also beneficial to wildlife. Informal plantings of grasses and flowering perennials take centre stage, and are set against a mini-arboretum of rare and unusual trees and shrubs, to create a sense of seclusion among the ever-changing vistas. Knoll's owner, Neil Lucas, is the UK's leading authority on ornamental grasses, and gardeners looking for practical planting ideas will not be disappointed. Among the treasures are a Mediterranean-style gravel garden, a Sunny Meadow with a tapestry of flowers through the season, and a new sedge meadow, which takes its inspiration from Californian gardens. Knoll's event programme includes walks, workshops, wildlife days and masterclasses. The nursery also offers planting advice.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Tue-Sat 10-5; Nov-March, Tue-Sat 10-4. Also open BH Mons. Closed 21 Dec-1 Feb
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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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