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Date(s) - 14/06/2018
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Cranborne Manor


Back on 14th June, 34 Gardening Club members went on the first full day coach trip to Cranborne Manor near Wimborne. They were disappointed with the wind and rain which accompanied the journey there, but that was not to last as it all changed to be a beautiful day on arrival. Coffee and cake were the first priority before visiting the fascinating gardens.

The gardens are laid out in different rooms and long stretches of paths with very wide borders of herbaceous planting, one being a walk of six-foot delphiniums. There were beautiful roses everywhere – almost all of which were white.

The Manor House was built as a Hunting Lodge for Cranborne Chase. It was abandoned for 200 years and then the family returned and renovated the House and Gardens. The house provides a beautiful backdrop to the gardens. Walking up towards the Manor there is a circular path which is made of pavers and brick within which is a lovely pond with an enormous stainless-steel water lily. There are several ‘walks’, Magnolia Walk, Pergola Walk, Geranium Walk and Church Walk and a ‘pinks’ border. One visitor remarked that there were lots of beautiful hostas with huge leaves and not a slug hole in sight!

One of most amazing features is the yew hedge ‘houses’ which are made up into ‘rooms’. Doors and windows are all made of living yew and the tree rooms are 20 feet high and 25 feet diameter. Such fun for young and old!

A lovely lunch was enjoyed in the garden room before shopping in the Plant Centre and heading back to Kilmington. A very enjoyable day was had by all.