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Fancy opening your garden
Garden Pictures 2008
The Garden At Night
Art in the Garden
Lilium flowering 2011
Meet the aviary birds
Brugmansia Cultivation
Clematis flowering times
Clematis flowering 2011
Clematis Buds
Clematis Pruning
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2000 - 2016

"A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream"

357 Ringwood Road Ferndown - Dorset BH22 9AE - England  
Telephone 01202 896071 

Hello and Welcome to our Garden.
We hope you enjoy your visit.

Lyn's garden is in a Cottage style with many favourite old and new plants. Phlox, lilies, roses and monarda, are planted to encourage butterflies and bees, as well as giving a riot of colour and scent into late summer. 100+ different Clematis are woven into and around it all. Lyn's Garden
Walk through a Moorish keyhole doorway into Malcolm's Exotic garden. large bananas, brugmansias, cannas, oleander, agave, ipomoea and dahlia, come together in a Spanish influenced design.
 Malcolm's Garden
Our website contains over 1050 photos of the plants we grow and love.
 We now have a page devoted to our allotment activities.  Our allotment.
 You can browse our Plant Guide, which shows names and a photo of nearly every plant in our garden. 
Lyn and Malcolms Plant Guide
We also have slide shows of some of the plants we grow in the garden, grouped into 47 different genus  Slideshow of plants
Also take a look at the slide shows of both of our gardens  Slideshows of the gardens
Visit this months Garden picture Blog lots of pictures and a few words, to find out what is happening in the garden now.
Here is a link to an article in Dorset Life magazine, written by a visitor to our garden on one of our open days, when you get to the linked page, search on the page for Lyn and Malcolm 
lots of pictures and a few words, to find out what is happening in the garden now.
Here is a link to an article in Dorset Life magazine, written by a visitor to our garden on one of our open days, when you get to the linked page, search on the page for Lyn and Malcolm 
Dorset Life magazine
Cotswold Garden Tour, with the Hardy Plant Society Dorset Group. In 2011 we visited 5 gardens in 2 days. (112 pictures)

Coach trip with the Dorset Hardy Plant Society to The Manor House Upton Grey  Pictures of our visit

Featured on BBC Television Gardeners World April 2009. And German ARD TV 2011.
Lyn and Malcolm
The Exotic garden seen through the Moorish doorPart of the Cottage style front garden

Looking through the Moorish door to the "Exotic" garden (His). And a little of the "Cottage style" front Garden, (Hers)   
Plox and Veronica in the cottage garden
September 3rd 2008  BBC Gardeners World came to film our garden
 click here to see some pictures.


In 2005 the garden was one of six finalists in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition.
From nearly 1900  gardens entered.
"An astonishing garden with two quite different beautifully worked themes.
The front garden displays a rich and varied composition of hardy perennials, with clematis particularly successful, while at the rear of the house, a stunning and eclectic design, which draws its inspiration from Spain, is both a horticultural and visual delight."

Professor David Stevens FSGD, Fl Hort - Garden designer and author.
One of the Daily Telegraphs 50 Great small gardens to visit.
Listed in the Daily Telegraph 2009
"The garden is contained in a pocket handkerchief. But a silk handkerchief, hemmed, festooned, embroidered, scented. ...........If you seek a small corner of paradise in Dorset, it is useless to go further"
Translated from a letter sent to us from one of the members of a French garden group that visited our garden in 2005

"The best small garden you will ever visit."
Roy Prior, A past Chairmam of the Wessex Group of the British Clematis Society
"I have been all over the world, and have seen many gardens, but yours is the best."
A visitor to the garden on one of our open days

 In 2016 the garden was open for the National Garden Scheme on

  Sunday July 3rd   from 1.30pm till 5.00pm

Wednesday July 20th  from 2.00pm till 5.00pm

Sunday  August 14th   
from 1.30pm till 5.00pm

Please note that unlike previous years, we are only open during the afternoons on our open days.

Admission Adult £3.00 -   Accompanied Children under 16 Free
Large plant stall

 Teas and our own Homemade Cakes are available
And if you like the cakes. we have an A5 booklet for sale, with ten of the best recipes. All the pages are laminated and spiral bound.

We also open "By appointment" for garden clubs and groups.
We can accept coaches, please email or phone to enquire.
See top of this page for email and phone number
HERE for directions to the garden

Sorry, but wheelchair access to the garden, is by appointment only, due to the garden being so busy on open days 
Dogs are not allowed in the garden. Except guide dogs,

Our email address 

Allium and poppy in the cottage garden
Money raised from our openings, for the charities supported by the National Garden Scheme
A thank you must go to all the people that have visited our garden, and helped us raise this money.
2003 --------£701.00
             2016...... ... ???????             

Our house sign

A tiled mosaic at the entrance to the garden
( The little house of flowers)

Please note  We only sell plants on our open days and during private group visits..

A panorama of pictures from the Exotic garden

What do we do when we are not gardening ?

Interested ? then click on the links below to find out

You can view our "Digiscoped" Wild Bird pictures
And look at some of our holidays 

Or browse some General Photography pictures

All pictures on this site by Malcolm.

Last updated 09 Oct 2016

Website and photos by Malcolm Ovens
Copyright © Malcolm Ovens