Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens were created by the first Countess of Ilchester in 1765, and they continue to dazzle their visitors today. In fact, they were awarded the Garden of the Year Award 2012 by HHA / Christie’s so take some time out and enjoy them during a holiday in Dorset. The gardens cover 20 colourful acres and include exotic plants and blooms from across the globe.
The countess’s descendants were passionate plant hunters, and many of the flowers you see today were the first of their kind to grow in England. The garden is renowned for its magnolias and stunning Camellia groves, and it combines informal and formal flowers for a varied appearance. The Victorian garden never fails to charm visitors with its quaint style, and what better way to experience Dorset’s beauty than by relaxing here for awhile and feeling rather sophisticated?
You can buy many of the plants from the gardens in the plant centre, so if you feel inspired to overhaul your own garden back home you can take the first new bloom with you. Here’s a tip before you go, stand at the top of Magnolia Avenue and admire the views for a few minutes – you can see right across the Jurassic Coast from this spot.