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Dorset Group

We are a friendly and enthusiastic group, established in March 1996. We have two speaker meetings a year at Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, with a plant table for members to "bring and buy". Several visits to members' and other Dorset gardens are organised during the growing season, covering a different part of the county each time. Details of our events are usually published in February in time for our spring meeting. There is a £5 per annual membership fee, and members need also to join the national CGS.

The national Cottage Garden Society was formed in 1982 for the benefit of owners of small gardens who want to keep alive the tradition of gardening in the cottage style and to encourage an interest in old fashioned flowers of merit and their varieties and cultivars. It aims to be a friendly and informal Society, bringing together amateurs and experts who share an enthusiasm for this type of gardening. The subscription is £12 single and £15 joint membership and the website is at

Come and join us

If you'd like to join the Dorset CGS, send your name and address by e-mail to .

Members News

The committee are grateful for the support the Group receives and we continue to welcome new members each year. We do, however, need your help. If youwould offer just a little time to research prospective gardens to visit or if you know of a gem which shoujld be shared with our members, we shall be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Jenny Daultrey. See contact details for all committee members below.

Speaker Meetings

Well known garden writer Helen Yemm was the speaker at the Dorset Cottage Garden Society meeting on Sunday 20 March. The meeting was held at Poundbury Village Hall on the outskirts of Dorchester.

Garden Visits

Our late summer garden visit this year is a full day in West Dorset starting in the morning with a visit to the fine gardens of Mapperton. There is an Italianate garden, borders, ponds, walks and a wild garden with a backdrop of a Jacobean Manor House. We meet at Mapperton at 11am and there will be a short introductory talk by the head gardener. Refreshments are available on site or lunch can be taken in a nearby Beaminster where there are pubs and cafes.
In the afternoon we move on to Farrs House, the home of the acclaimed furniture designer John Makepeace. Since moving to Farrs, John and his wife Jenni have created many bold artistic features, re-crafting their 2 acre garden. We will be served tea and cake.
The cost for the day is £15 for CGS members. CGS members with RHS membership the cost is £11.
Please send cheques to Jenny Daultrey, 2 Caldwell Close, Shaftesbury SP7 8GD
For more information Tel 01727 851300

On Thursday 15 September between 10am and 5pm we have a special private visit to Knoll Gardens near Wimborne. This award winning garden is owned by multi award winning Neil Lucas and is famous for its specialism in grasses and plants for dry locations. This invitation is for CGS members only but bookings must be made to Jenny Daultrey on 01727 851300. You must bring your up to date membership card with you. Refreshments will be available to purchase on site.

For the autumn speaker meeting we will be welcoming the multi award winning Rosy Hardy to Poundbury Village Hall on Sunday 15 October. Rosy with her husband Rob is the owner of one of the finest nurseries in the UK and has won 21 consecutive gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Her talk will be on Autumn flowering perennials.
There will be tea and cakes, a plant stall and a raffle. Cost £5 and £7.50 for non CGS members. Doors open at 1.45pm and the talk will start at 2.30pm.
And a date for your 2018 diary!
Sunday 18 March 2018 a talk by Derry Watkins on Conversion of a Derelict Hill Farm to Garden. Please note the change of venue to Frampton Village Hall.


For further information about our events, an application to join the Group, or offers of help, please contact the committee as follows:

Membership and Treasurer

Jenny Daultrey

Speaker Co-ordinator
Plant stall at meetings

Pat Haine

Events and Meetings Leader and Publicity


Mary Reader

Garden Visits Co-ordinator

Currently a vacant post

Nurseries in the West Country

These are some favourite small nurseries used or owned by Dorset CGS members.

Coldharbour Nursery
(opposite The Silent Woman Inn), Bere Road, Wareham Dorset
Tel: 01202 696 875
Ferns, grasses, herbaceous perennials

Elworthy Cottage Plants
Elworthy, Lydyeard St Lawrence, Taunton, Somerset
Tel: 01984 656 427
Unusual herbaceous plants; penstemon, pulmonaria, hardy geranium, grasses

Little Groves Nursery
Tunnel Road, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3HB
Tel: 01308 862030
Herbs and other aromatic plants - good value

Lower Severalls Nursery
Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7NX
Tel: 01460 73234; Fax: 01460 76105
Herbs and herbaceous perennials, many ususual

Mill Cottage Plants
The Mill, Henley Lane, Wookey, Wells, Somerset BA5 1AP
Tel: 01749 676 966
Traditional, unusual and period plants. Campanaulas, pinks, hardy geraniums, ferns and grasses.


The inclusion of the above establishments is for information only and does not imply any special endorsement by the Cottage Garden Society.