Rare chance to explore private gardens, open in aid of Julia’s House


Garden lovers will have the opportunity to explore two private gardens, as part of the new Open Gardens event by the local children’s hospice, Julia’s House. Lady Tania Compton’s Spilsbury Farm in Tisbury and Littlebrook Farmhouse in Blandford Forum will open to the public this June.
New for 2024, the Julia’s House Open Gardens scheme aims to raise vital funds for the Wiltshire and Dorset children’s hospice charity, which provides critical and compassionate care for the most seriously ill children and their families.
Guests can enjoy exploring these delightful gardens, savour homemade cakes and refreshments, and gain gardening tips from the owners.
Visits must be booked in advance at the Julia’s House website, where more entry information can be found: juliashouse.org/opengardens-2024.

Littlebrook Farmhouse, Blandford Forum
Wednesday 12th June
Visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of the Blackmore Vale from the gardens at Littlebrook Farmhouse which will be open from 2.30pm to 5pm. These charming gardens feature a large landscaped pond area, as well as fruit trees, formal terracing and a thriving vegetable patch – all with those spectacular views!
Entry £6 per person.

Lady Tania Compton’s Spilsbury Farm, Tisbury Saturday 15th June
Explore the idyllic farmhouse gardens of Spilsbury Farm from 10am to 5.30pm. Home to esteemed garden designer Lady Tania Compton and botanist Dr James Compton, the six-acre gardens are a sweeping mixture of formality and wilderness.
Each 1.5 hour bookable visit will begin with a talk from Tania Compton herself, and the opportunity to gain valuable gardening insights and advice.
Guests can explore the romantic naturalist gardens at their leisure, taking in the ancient oak trees, an orchard with long meadow grass peppered with perennials, and borders billowing with eryngiums, delphiniums, cardoons and roses.
Entry £15 per person


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