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 avenue of lime trees at Kingston Lacy in autumn

The garden at Kingston Lacy

It's beginning to feel a little autumnal in the garden at Kingston Lacy. Take a wander to the Kitchen Garden to enjoy the bounty of harvest, taking in the vibrant reds and oranges of the acers in the Japanese Garden 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.