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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.
On Thursday 17 March representatives from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies team will join a Flower Show Foru...
To mark its 10th anniversary, Poundbury Gardens will begin 10 days of celebrations with a cake cutting ceremony on Tuesday 1 March...
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Gardeners’ Question Time
23 September 2016
On Saturday 24 September the shop floor at Poundbury Gardens will become the stage for our very own Gardeners’ Question Time panel, in aid of Dorset and Wiltshire’s Children’s Hospice, Julia’s House. Our expert panel, which includes Lucy Simpson, manager of Poundbury Gardens, and Dr David Aplin from Kingston Maurward College, will be offering tips […]
Save this wildlife friendly space and outdoor classroom
16 September 2016
While judging gardens for the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards earlier in the year, we visited Southwell Smiley Faces Pre-School in Portland to judge its Out of School Club’s entry. The work that Jenny Whyton and her team have done is fantastic, creating not only a safe environment for children to learn, grow […]
Flower Show Forum returns
01 September 2016
Following the momentum gained at our inaugural Flower Show Forum back in March, many gardening clubs and horticultural societies from Dorset, Somerset and beyond are currently reviewing the success of this year’s flower and horticultural show calendar, ready for the second Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens on Thursday 15 September. So many positives came […]
Live music in The Butterfly House
25 August 2016
It’s time to dig out those glad rags and practice your moves for an evening of dinner and dancing on Saturday 10 September in The Butterfly House at Castle Gardens. In aid of Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, there will be live music from 50s, 60s and 70s covers band, Wi;; Geeson and Louisa Glanville, plus Guitarist […]
Brave the Shave
19 August 2016
On Saturday 20 August, Helen Green from Yeovil will be letting her children shave her hair off at Brimsmore Gardens in aid of Macmillan. Helen has already exceeded her target of £350 and is hoping to raise more tomorrow as people gather to watch her Brave the Shave! There will be cake on sale from […]
All creatures great and small
10 August 2016
From big tops and fancy dress to creepy crawlies and making miniature gardens, we’ve got plenty of free activities to keep the whole family entertained during the summer holidays. Whether it’s getting better acquainted with mini beasts, learning circus skills or creating a garden inside a container, everyone is welcome to join in with […]
The awards keep coming!
04 August 2016
We have been inundated with great news over the past few weeks, with award after award being announced. These achievements always give us a real boost and represent a huge combined effort from the whole team, across all three centres. Garden Centre Association – Wales and West Brimsmore Gardens: First place in the Environmental Opportunities category […]
Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards 2016
26 July 2016
On Thursday 21 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardens were honoured at Castle Gardens. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s annual Wildlife Friendly Garden Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, saw 43 entries this year, from schools, visitor centres and tourist attractions around the county. A new category was added in 2016 for rented accommodation, to […]
Garden Grenades are the bomb!
21 July 2016
We enjoy nothing more than supporting young growers, especially when they come up with innovative and eco-friendly ideas for planting seeds. Poundbury Gardens is very excited to announce that that it will be selling Garden Grenades, which have been developed by pupils at Damers First School in the Eco Force Club and Entrepreneur Club. After […]
The Engine Room polishes Silver in Taste of the West 2016
20 July 2016
Our kitchen and front of house team at The Engine Room Restaurant deserve a huge pat on the back for their continued hard work, which has led to us being awarded Silver in the Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards 2016. Up against stiff competition from around the region in the Restaurant category, […]
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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