Dorset gardens

There's flowery meadows and secluded gardens in Dorset, waiting to take you away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Leaves of the Carpinus betula (Hornbeam) tree in autumn in the garden at Kingston Lacy

The garden at Kingston Lacy

Winter in the garden is magical with frost underfoot and the sculptural bare branches of beautiful trees.

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's garden 

Discover Thomas Hardy's garden at the cottage in Dorset, where he was born and spent his early years.

The garden at Max Gate

The garden

When Hardy bought the plot of land on which to build his grand house it was almost completely bare. He planted a shelter of trees to screen the house and gradually created a beautiful garden around it. As well as a vegetable garden and flower beds, Max Gate has a croquet lawn and the Nut Walk. Hardy created this walk between the east wall and a hedge. Weather and health permitting, he would walk here every day.