Welcome To Wessex

Destination Wessex has chosen 41 of the many gardens in Wessex that are regularly open to the public. They have been specially selected with the overseas visitor in mind and range from the grand landscape to the small cottage garden. Included are the National Collections of a variety of important plant species.

Being located in the South of England, Wessex has a relatively mild climate. The level of colour and interest in its gardens is maintained from March through to October.

Spring flowers actually start in February with the flowering of the snowdrops. Gardens are very crowded as people come to see the snowdrop displays. They are followed by primroses, daffodils and crocuses. A little later come the bluebells and tulips. And, in May, the rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Everything is fresh and full of promise, a promise that is fully delivered in June when the summer flowering plants some into bloom.

Autumn is another great time for the English garden, especially the landscape gardens, as the leaves of the shrubs and trees change into their beautiful autumn colours. The Wessex garden gets a second wind in September. There are plants such as roses that are into their second bloom and the dahlias, crocosmias, asters, penstemons, sedums and many other plants are at their very best.

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  1. Open - In addition to the listed times, most gardens are open on holidays during April/October. Gardens that are open all year,will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Last admissions are usually 30 minutes before the garden closes.
  2. Entrance fees - All the fees quoted are for adults. Discounts are available for groups, children and sometimes for seniors and families. Please check the attraction website.for details.
  3. Groups - These should be booked in advance. Many gardens will open for groups at times outside their standard opening schedule. Some gardens have limited parking space for coaches and parking should be discussed when making a booking.
  4. Disabled access - Facilities such as ramps, wheelchairs for visitor use, special toilets and special parking are now much more common, especially at the more visited gardens. There are gardens that include slopes or surfaces that can present difficulties for some disabled visitors unless they have a fit companion. Check the website of the garden for more details.
  5. Parking - All parking is free except where a charge is mentioned in the listings.
  6. Telephone Numbers - When calling from outside Britain, after the country code 44, omit the 0 in front of the telephone number.
  7. Destination Wessex - Please contact us at info@destinationwesex.org.uk if more information is needed.
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