Open Gardens


Wow what a weekend we had! The weather was kind to us, the gardens looked blooming marvellous, the delicious homemade cakes were devoured in no time and the plant stall and Grand Raffle proved very popular. Both days were very busy with visitors and we received many comments on the quality of the gardens and how welcoming the village was. 

The committee would like to offer a huge thank you to all the garden participants, and everyone who helped with the refreshments, plant stall and car parking, we couldn’t have done it without you! 

We raised a whopping £2800 which has been shared equally between Dorset County Hospital Emergency Department/Critical Care Appeal and Cattistock Church, so thank you all again. See you in two years time!

Many thanks again, Gill Wallace (Chair, Open Gardens Committee)

Interested in being involved with the Open Gardens?  Contact a committee member if so:   Gill Wallace (Chair), Jacqueline Briggs, Sue Orr, Sheila White

3. Julian and Jen: A blue shed makes an ideal background for a Rambling rose and a Clematis
3. Julian and Jen: All the gardens attracted a host of interested visitors
3. Julian and Jen: Yellow lillies and blue chairs make an inviting spot in the garden
4. Gill and Alistair: A wide display of flowers in the West border
4. Gill and Alistair: As in many gardens, visitors took the opportunity to sit and enjoy the layout of the plants
4. Gill and Alistair: A Gertrude Jekyll climbing rose decorates the garage wall
6. Jo: A striking welcome at the entrance to the garden
6. Jo: Backlit Foxgloves and a well placed urn in the background
6. Jo: Another urn on a winding path of this totally natural garden
7. Roma and Neil: Neil's shed provides the perfect background to Roma's Herb garden
7. Roma and Neil: The west facing courtyard border with its Poppies and Alliums
7. Roma and Neil: A busy Bee gets on with visiting the Poppies
8. Vanessa and Nick: An inviting view through the arches to the top of the garden
8. Vanessa and Nick: A rich range of plants in South facing border, along with a welcome rest area in the corner
8. Vanessa and Nick: The shaded pagoda area provides an enticing spot for a rest and a chat
9. Cathy and Phil: Clematis montana covers the garden's arch
9. Cathy and Phil: Having a welcome rest in a shady part of the garden
9. Cathy and Phil: Backlit Ferns and Aquiligia make a stunning view
10. Georgina: Herbs and flowers in the bordered entrance to the garden
10. Georgina: A Fire Pit, paper lanterns and an old Potting shed make up another area of this varied garden
10. Georgina: A well stocked vegetable garden, using raised beds
12. Nina and Mike: Lupins and a rest area in the North border
12. Nina and Mike: A variety of plants and bushes in the East border
12. Nina and Mike: Another example of a superb variety of flowers in the garden's borders
13. Nicky: Nicky welcoming visitors and in the foreground is the Well head, purchased by her Great Grandfather in Ballagio, Italy, on the 19th April 1913
13. Nicky; An unexpected bonus: A Collar Dove watching the visitors as it sits on its second clutch of eggs this year
13. Nicky: A border rich in Geraniums
14. Denise and Peter: Yellow Flag Irises growing in the front garden's pond
14. Denise and Peter: Another pond, this one in the inviting walled garden
14. Denise and Peter: The South border of the walled garden
15. Debbie and Geoff: A garden of views. At the bottom of the paddock the Frome meanders its way through the village
15. Debbie and Geoff: And plenty of room to include a refuge for Hedgehogs (And the sign says 'Shhhhhhhh......quiet please! We're sleeping in here')
15. Debbie and Geoff: From the terrace, a view down through the paddock
2. Gill and Andy: A beautiful presentation for a House Name Plate
2. Gill and Andy: Little Bo and his owners enjoy a rest and a view of the garden
2. Gill and Andy: The South border includes a variety of flowers and attractions
1.Sue and David: The Terrace border provides the initial welcome to this walled garden
1.Sue and David: A welcome rest for visitors on a hot day
1.Sue and David: The fountain in the Long border