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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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Whilst in Dorset last week, we visited these gardens on a dry but cloudy morning. Please take a walk around with us …

The garden was established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle.

Developed since then into a magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from around the world.

Love these words.

This is a giant 200 year old Oak that blew down in gale force winds in 2009. A chainsaw artist has carved the most intricate wildlife-themed attraction … stunning!

Time to leave when the grey clouds appeared!

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amy
Amy
 

Thank you for inviting us on a walk round these beautiful gardens Shirley , I loved the carved Oak tree the weather might have been dull but the flowers were enough to brighten your day ...

1 Apr, 2015

 

Its a lovely time of year to visit with all the camelias and rhodies etc. I loved the two fallen tree pictures too, the carved one was most unusual and a great idea but also the other on by the little pool.

1 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks for sharing Shirley - I love this garden - magnificent is the word! It's a really special place isn't it :))

1 Apr, 2015

 

I have never been here but I can tell from your lovely photos that it is a very special, impressive place to visit.
Thank you.

1 Apr, 2015

 

Thank you for including us in your visit. Do they have a plant sales area? I always like to know, and did you visit the Swanery at Abbotsbury?

2 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks everyone for sharing our walk around these lovely gardens ... there is a large plant sale area with many plants propagated from those within the garden ... also a lovely Colonial style restaurant.

Siris - we didn't visit the Swannery this time.

2 Apr, 2015

 

Another lovely place Shirley, great sign at the entrance, made me smile , I'd really like to get my hands on the base of one of the uprooted trees, it would look grand upside down, surrounded with ferns and then left to nature to do the rest, as you can probably tell I'm dreaming again, lol...
Thankyou for sharing..

3 Apr, 2015

 

Another garden worth a visit, the carving was most impressive, thanks for the blog Shirley..... and the wonderful photographs...

3 Apr, 2015

 

Lincs, there was a small hand-written sign asking folk not to steal plant labels! Beggars belief that anyone would do that. I liked the way the huge fallen trees had been left, better than removing them.

Oh thanks Angela, so many of the UK gardens we have yet to visit!

4 Apr, 2015

 

Yes far too many for us to ever catch up.....lol

4 Apr, 2015

 

A fab display of Camelias and Rhodo's and I too, particularly enjoyed seeing the oak carving. It's a really magnificent way of creating something of beauty and displaying them, rather than chopping up the fallen trees for fire wood...

6 Apr, 2015

 

Thank you for sharing your part of the world. I really appreciate it.

7 Apr, 2015

 

Petaltracey - I agree with you completely - wonderful carving.

You're most welcome Paul. :o)

9 Apr, 2015

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