Visit for members to gardens in Dorset. There are two timed slot visits to each garden, with a gap between each to allow for lunch which is not included.
The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, Dorchester DT2 9AH
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cave
Steep paths lead to beguiling 4 acres of natural woodland with many springs, streams and pools. Formal front garden, designed by Arne Maynard, with pleached crabtree border, topiary and soft planting including peonies and roses. Walled garden with informal planting, kitchen garden, orchard and many rose bushes for a cut flower business.
Coffee on arrival.
Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR
By kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich
The Grade II* gardens are within a truly romantic setting with varied planting. Fifteen acres of garden descend from the formal topiary gardens and Orangery to the north to an arboretum down to the wild garden.