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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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John Marshall, one of Scotland's foremost potato experts, is travelling from Auchtermuchty, Scotland to talk to talk on “A lifetime devoted to potatoes". Tickets cost £2 and includes tea/coffee.
Meeting at the Village Hall at 7.30pm
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Rich’s ride for MS Society calling through Poundbury Gardens
22 September 2017
Richard Holder (left) and Bill Beaumont (right). This Sunday, we’ll all be cheering on my good friend Richard Holder, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) three years ago, and his cycling partner Bill Beaumont as they embark on a 45-mile tandem ride for MS Society. Once we’ve waved them and the other 50 cyclists […]
It’s time to deck the halls
15 September 2017
A haul of boxes containing thousands of baubles and Christmas ornaments are currently being delivered across all three centres in preparation for our much-anticipated and award-winning Christmas displays. With decorating ready to commence in the next couple of weeks, it won’t be long until gardeners of all ages will feel the Christmas spirit as they […]
A Cheese Board Discovery
08 September 2017
If you’re looking for some cheese board inspiration, or fancy trying some new chutney and cracker combinations then this is an event not to be missed. The Apple Tree Farm Shop’s manager, Kate will host a Cheese Board Discovery on Thursday 21 September from 11am – 12pm. Tasting local award-winning cheeses, chutneys, crackers and wine […]
Autumn is coming!
01 September 2017
As the most traditional planting season, autumn is a busy time in the garden with a beautiful array of plants to get established before the winter chill truly sets in. Most autumn gardening is about planning for the year ahead, and thanks to a good summer, the soil will still be warm and usually moist, […]
Join Julie Haylock for a gardening masterclass at Castle Gardens
25 August 2017
Award-winning garden designer and good friend of The Gardens Group, Julie Haylock from Yeovil-based Sandhurst Garden Design, will host a Border Design and Planting Workshop at Castle Gardens in Sherborne on Wednesday 6 September from 10am – 3pm. After her recent win at Taunton Flower Show with her Homeward Bound garden, we’re incredibly excited […]
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 […]
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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