Our next event is this coming Sunday,10th July at Waterston Manor,near Puddletown.
The Open Day will be a fun day for all the family. There will be many stalls selling specialist plants such as David Austin Roses, rare perennials and Plants for Pollinators, a wide variety of food and craft stalls as well as live music, a treasure hunt for an antique Chinese vase, a raffle, a fun dog show and cream teas.
Two renowned authors will be speaking at the open day at Waterston Manor on Sunday 10th July.
The privately owned gardens and house, which are not usually open to the public, were the inspiration for Weatherbury Farm in Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd.
And with that connection in mind, Dr Tony Fincham will be giving a talk titled Exploring Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, based upon his new book of the same title from the Wimborne-based Dovecote Press.Tony will be speaking at 11.30am.
Acclaimed author and journalist, Anna Pavord, will also be giving a talk celebrating our British landscape, on the subject of ‘Landscape, A Celebration’. She will look at different ways of viewing the view, through the eyes of those that painted it, worked on it and fought for it.
Her recent book Landskipping is published by Bloomsbury. Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for The Independent and the author of widely praised gardening books including Plant Partners, The Border Book and her most well-known work; The Tulip.
The gardens will be open on 10th July between 10am and 4pm and are at Waterston Manor, Lower Waterston, near Puddletown DT2 7SP.
Entry £5 adults, £1 for children or family ticket £10 (free parking).
Proceeds from the day will go to Dorset CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) work to protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live, work and enjoy, and to ensure the countryside is protected for now and future generations.