This is a portrait of forty of the best gardens in Dorset, from the intimate to the grand ranging over this timeless rural landscape of rolling hills, meadows, winterbournes and lush, well-wooded corners to the coast with its heathland, steep chines and spectacular cliffs.
There are delights and surprises aplenty, including a Roman temple in the suburbs of Bournemouth; a folly nestled within the fern garden of an ancestral manor; a classic cottage garden festooned with roses, honeysuckle and clematis; the spectacular subtropical coastal gardens of Abbotsbury; and the Arcadian landscape at Minterne, where a hillside of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas looks out over a chain of lakes, waterfalls and streams.
Written in close consultation with the owners of the gardens, Roger Lane's informative text details the history of each garden and its development under the current owners, and then focuses on design, planting and the garden's relationship with the surrounding landscape. Glorious photographs taken through the seasons show the gardens at their finest.
We love having a nose around other people's gardens for relaxation and inspiration, and a delightful new book of Dorset gardens means we can continue to do so even when we're enjoying a typical British summer of driving rain and gale-force winds. Dorset photographer Roger Lane has put together a visual celebration of some of the country's finest gardens. From stately homes to unusual suburban plots, all 36 have been captured to their best advantage. - Dorset Echo
Book of the Month: Something here for everyone who loves Dorset. - Dorset Life
Plenty to delight in this photographic journey around 37 of the county's finest gardens. - Outdoor Photography