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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 2018

Sunday 18 March: Talk by Derry Watkins of ‘Special Plants’.
Please note this is at Frampton Village Hall
Entrance £5 to include tea and cakes.

Thursday 10 May: A visit to Minterne House and Cerne Abbas.

To include a guided tour of the house and garden by Lord Digby followed by a light lunch in the house and an afternoon visit to two gardens in Cerne Abbas. Cost £25 both an all day ticket to members. Non members £30.

Thursday June 14th Visit to North Hampshire gardens by coach.
To Include Longstock Water Gardens, Little Court at Crawley and Terstan Gardens. Coach pick-up at Queen Mother Square, Poundbury at 9.00am followed by Blandford Morrisons Car Park at 9.30am.  Cost to include coach travel will be £36. For those not travelling by coach from the East of the county cost will be £24. 


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.