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The Gardens Group - Three Garden Centres all multi award-winning and each with a restaurant serving up delicious homemade food using local ingredients. Castle Gardens is in the historical walled garden of Sherborne Castle; Brimsmore Gardens and its award-winning farm shop is in a setting that was once a fruit farm on the edge of Yeovil and Poundbury Gardens grew in a wonderfully atmospheric converted Victorian farm building in Dorchester.
From free family activities and charity evenings to Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards and free seasonal talks, we've got a wide range of events for gardeners of all ages throughout the year.
Whether you need your plants delivered FREE to your door, help and advice on container gardening, hanging baskets or tree planting, or you would like your plants gift wrapped…we are here to help.
As well as our garden centres we’ve also got three award-winning restaurants and an award-winning Farm Shop.
Each of our restaurants serves superb food made fresh each day from local, seasonal produce. Our chefs are proud to be supporting local growers, farmers and producers and serving a delicious taste of the West Country every day of the week.
At the Gardener Online you'll find lots of useful gardening advice, downloadable fact sheets, and hopefully the answer to all your gardening questions. If you can't find what you are looking for then please do contact us with your question and we will find the answer. We have a knowledgeable team of staff and resources on hand to offer you gardening tips, planting ideas and garden remedies.
Pupils from St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Henstridge discovered 55 different moth species within their school le...
On Wednesday 19 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were celebrated at Castle Gardens in Sherborne at Dorset Wildlife Tr...
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Coastal painting by Sue Durant.Birds and birch tree painting by Lin Hawkins.
10:00am - 5:00pm An entire day dedicated to our prickly friends. Join us for fun activities to help raise awareness and funds for Hayley's Hedgehog Rescue.
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Hazelbury Bryan Flower Show
18 August 2017
We’re delighted to hear Tracey Sergeant from Hazelbury Bryan Gardening Club won a voucher for Castle Gardens with her vibrant Petunia at their annual flower show last week. Since starting the Flower Show Forum, we’ve wanted to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show […]
All creatures great and small featured at this year’s Bugfest!
11 August 2017
Mini beasts, creepy crawlies and slithery snakes took centre stage at this year’s Bugfest, the south west’s biggest bug event, which was held at Brimsmore Gardens on Tuesday. From cockroaches and scorpions to spiders and pythons, gardeners of all ages had the opportunity to hold these unusual and mysterious creatures. Bugfest’s display of snakes, spiders […]
Let the summer holiday fun begin!
09 August 2017
The summer holidays are in full swing and we’ve got a whole host of fantastic events for budding growers and experienced gardeners alike. Get up close and personal with magnificent birds of prey on Saturday 12 August when Sharandy’s Birds of Prey returns to Brimsmore Gardens. This wildlife fun continues over at Poundbury on Saturday […]
Julie Haylock grows best in show
08 August 2017
We’re delighted to announce Julie Haylock of Sandhurst Garden Design, won gold for her show garden as well as being presented with the Western Daily Press cup for Best Show Garden at this year’s Taunton Flower Show. Julie’s traditional cottage garden, which was sponsored by The Gardens Group, aimed to attract local bees, birds and […]
School survey identifies 55 different moth species
31 July 2017
Surveying moths is a really rewarding hobby and is vital for monitoring biodiversity in our countryside and gardens, so earlier this month, pupils from St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Henstridge kindly allowed Stephen to lay a moth trap in their learning garden overnight. The following morning, they were all amazed to discover […]
A morning with Christine McFadden
25 July 2017
On Thursday 20 July, Cookbook author, writer and lover of all things West Country, Christine McFadden hosted a fascinating talk to raise money for Yeovil Community Arts Association. The morning was filled with inspiration, as Christine revealed her latest food enthusiams, must-try recipes and passion for Dorset. Following Christine’s talk, Farm Shop manager, Kate Soan, […]
Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardeners championed
24 July 2017
Last Wednesday, we celebrated Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens at the annual Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony at Castle Gardens, and we’re delighted to say that it was a record breaking year all round. The awards, which are organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust, saw 75 gardens entered – the most to date, the youngest ever […]
Gift cards with a champion twist
17 July 2017
Picture caption: Alexandra designed a lovely picture of ‘Billy the Monkey’ while Heidi designed the beautiful drawing of the flowers. One of our aims at The Gardens Group is to encourage children to get involved with gardening and growing activities, so as part of National Children’s Gardening Week, we held a free day of gardening […]
07 July 2017
Cookbook author, writer and lover of all things West Country, Christine McFadden will host a talk at Brimsmore Gardens on Thursday 20 July from 10am – 12pm to raise money for Yeovil Community Arts Association. You can expect an inspiring morning from Christine, who has written over fifteen cookbooks and has 25 years’ experience in […]
Counting down to the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony
03 July 2017
With judging now complete, the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony is nearly upon us, and we get to celebrate Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens once again. This year we have seen a record number of entries from wildlife friendly gardeners, who have all created little havens for birds, bugs and mammals right across the county. […]
The beautiful 18th century walled kitchen gardens of Sherborne Castle has provided a magnificent setting since 1987 and is the perfect sheltered enclosure for our fantastic range of plants, which is unrivalled.
The second centre of the gardens group was built in 1992 and has since made a reputation as a plant centre with a tremendous range, quality and expertise always available.
Set in the original farm buildings of Poundbury Farm, and nestled in the centre of the expanding Poundbury Village on the edge of Dorchester this stunning setting is where you will find a traditional garden centre full of rustic charm and original features.
Castle Gardens (Sherborne)
Tel: 01935 814633
Brimsmore Gardens (Yeovil)
Tel: 01935 411000
Poundbury Gardens (Poundbury)
Tel: 01305 257250
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