Dorset gardens

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

The Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy is a hive of activity in the summer months

The garden at Kingston Lacy

As spring turns to summer the garden at Kingston Lacy really comes into its own. Take a wander to the Kitchen Garden where the herbaceous borders and vegetable patches are full of life and colour at this time of year. There will be plenty of summer splendour to take in along the way.

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.