Abbotsbury Sub Tropical garden has been in existence since 1808 and seen a rise and fall in its fortunes but the present garden is the best its every been. The location of the garden benefits from its closeness to the sea for warm air and yet is sheltered from the prevailing winds which means it is a micro climate that allows for the cultivation of many tropical species.
After the great storm of 1990, a major restoration project has been underway. Many new exotic and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden.
The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it’s Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden.
Facilities include the Colonial Restaurant, a quality gift shop and a fantastic plant centre where many of the flowers grown in the Garden can be purchased.
The Colonial Restaurant is also a superb wedding venue and is fully licensed.
Regular events take place at the Garden including the floodlighting of the Garden in October. Hallowe’en is a major feature during the floodlighting when thousands of visitors dress in Hallowe’en costumes and the Restaurant becomes a centre for Hallowe’en celebrations.
Don’t miss stunning views of the Dorset Jurassic Coast from the viewpoint at the top of the Magnolia Walk.