From sunny perennial meadows to prairie style and tough easy-care, green lawn substitutes, Knoll’s 4-acre garden provides an abundance of practical planting ideas in an inspirational and relaxing environment.
A mini-arboretum of rare and unusual trees and shrubs frame an abundance of grasses and flowering perennials and anyone looking to bring nature into their own garden will find themselves spoilt for ideas.
Knoll’s owner, Neil Lucas is the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses. Best-selling author, RHS Council Member and Senior Judge, his guiding principles are key to the garden’s continuing evolution. Knoll’s Mediterranean-style gravel garden and the Sunny Meadow, adapted from a traditional English meadow to suit smaller English gardens, feature regularly in the national press. A new sedge meadow showcases the pure effects of soft green foliage taking its inspiration from the Californian style.
A varied event programme includes walks, workshops, plant fairs and masterclasses and Knoll’s Chelsea Gold Medal-winning nursery sells many of the plants found within the garden.
Gardens and Nursery Opening Times:
Tuesday – Saturday – 10.00am – 5.00pm (4.00pm November – March)
Last entry to garden 30 mins before closing.
Closed Sun and Mon, except Bank Holiday Mondays.
Open from February 1st – December 22nd 2017
(In periods of adverse weather the garden may be closed for safety reasons)
Admission to Gardens (free entry to Nursery):
Disabled visitor + carer £5.50
Child (age 5- 15)…£4.50
Group Rate (minimum 12 people)…£5.00pp. £9.00 to include guided tour.
Personal tours by Garden owner, Neil Lucas also available.
Pre-booked coach parties welcome.
Self service drinks
Free car parking
Picnics in car park
Garden accessible to those in a wheelchair with an able bodied helper.
Knoll Gardens in Dorset is just under four miles east of Wimborne off the A31, and less than nine miles north of Bournemouth and Poole via the A348. Follow the brown direction signs from all major routes.