Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
One of Britain's best-known & best-loved gardens. A botanical treasure-trove, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views. Shown on BBC Gardeners' World as Tom Hart Dyke's favourite garden: he once cycled from Kent to see it! Many features have been restored, such as the Gardener's Bothy, originally built to give young garden staff somewhere to sleep overnight - when they weren't stoking up boilers to keep glasshouses warm during periods of cold and frosty weather.Many old favourites have been cherished; remember that false olive? It's the only one of forest size in the British Isles. The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for its Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden. Facilities include the Colonial Restaurant, a quality gift shop and a superb plant centre where many of the flowers grown in the Garden can be purchased.