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Plans of the Garden
Guide to plants in our garden
The Lawns
Plant Combinations
Lyn's mosaics
BBC TV film our garden
Fancy opening your garden
Garden Pictures 2008
The Garden At Night
Art in the Garden
Lilium flowering 2011
Meet the aviary birds
Brugmansia Cultivation
Clematis flowering times
Clematis flowering 2011
Clematis Buds
Clematis Pruning
Clematis picture mosaic
Nature in the Garden
Down at the Allotment
Recommended Gardens
Archived Pages

2000 - 2018

"A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream"
Hello and Welcome to our Garden.
Please note that after 16 years of opening for the National Garden Scheme
we decided to stop at the end of 2016 
The garden is still our main interest, and as you can see on our website, it hasn't changed much.
If you would like to come and see the garden during the summer, please contact us first.
Contact details are towards the bottom of this page.

Lyn's garden is in a Cottage style with many favourite old and new plants. Phlox, lilies, roses and monarda, are planted to encourage butterflies and bees, as well as giving a riot of colour and scent into late summer. 100+ different Clematis are woven into and around it all. Lyn's Garden
Walk through a Moorish keyhole doorway into Malcolm's Exotic garden. large bananas, brugmansias, cannas, oleander, agave, ipomoea and dahlia, come together in a Spanish influenced design.
 Malcolm's Garden

Our website contains over 1000 photos of the plants we grow and love.
 We now have a page devoted to our allotment activities.  Our allotment.
 You can browse our Plant Guide, which shows names and a photo of nearly every plant in our garden. 
Lyn and Malcolms Plant Guide
We also have slide shows of some of the plants we grow in the garden, grouped into 47 different genus  Slideshow of plants
Also take a look at the slide shows of both of our gardens  Slideshows of the gardens
Visit the Garden picture Blog lots of pictures and a few words, to find out what is happening in the garden now.
Cotswold Garden Tour, with the Hardy Plant Society Dorset Group. In 2011 we visited 5 gardens in 2 days. (112 pictures)
Coach trip with the Dorset Hardy Plant Society to The Manor House Upton Grey  Pictures of our visit

Featured on BBC Television Gardeners World April 2009. And German ARD TV 2011.
Lyn and Malcolm
The Exotic garden seen through the Moorish doorPart of the Cottage style front garden

Plox and Veronica in the cottage garden
September 3rd 2008  BBC Gardeners World came to film our garden
 click here to see some pictures.


In 2005 the garden was one of six finalists in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition.
From nearly 1900  gardens entered.
"An astonishing garden with two quite different beautifully worked themes.
The front garden displays a rich and varied composition of hardy perennials, with clematis particularly successful, while at the rear of the house, a stunning and eclectic design, which draws its inspiration from Spain, is both a horticultural and visual delight."

Professor David Stevens FSGD, Fl Hort - Garden designer and author.
One of the Daily Telegraphs 50 Great small gardens to visit.
Listed in the Daily Telegraph 2009
"The garden is contained in a pocket handkerchief. But a silk handkerchief, hemmed, festooned, embroidered, scented. ...........If you seek a small corner of paradise in Dorset, it is useless to go further"
Translated from a letter sent to us from one of the members of a French garden group that visited our garden in 2005

"The best small garden you will ever visit."
Roy Prior, A past Chairmam of the Wessex Group of the British Clematis Society
"I have been all over the world, and have seen many gardens, but yours is the best."
A visitor to the garden on one of our open days

Telephone 01202 896071
Our email address 

Allium and poppy in the cottage garden
Money raised from our openings, for the charities supported by the National Garden Scheme
A th
ank you must go to all the people that have visited our garden, and helped us to raise this money.
2003 --------701.00
             2016......... 1337.00             

Our house sign

A tiled mosaic at the entrance to the garden
( The little house of flowers)

A panorama of pictures from the Exotic garden

What do we do when we are not gardening ?

Interested ? then click on the links below to find out
These 3 parts of our website have not been updated for quite a long time, but may be worth a look.
That is the problem with being retired, too much to do and not enough time to do it !!!!!!

You can view our "Digiscoped" Wild Bird pictures

All pictures on this site by Malcolm.

Last updated 19 Jan 2019

Website and photos by Malcolm Ovens
Copyright Malcolm Ovens