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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

A walled garden surrounded by a woodland garden. It is close to Chesil beach and separate from the site of the now-demolished house in which its maker, Lord Ilchester, lived. The old kitchen garden is given a sub-tropical air by the palm trees but the real attraction is the lush planting in the valley garden. It has some of the most extensive gunnera plantings in England. Abbotsbury has been described as 'Probably one of the best gardens of its type in the world.'

Question: what is its design style?

Answer: the Mixed Style of garden design.

Though it was begun in 1765, Abbotsbury's character is that of the Victorian age.

Photograph © Abbotsbury Tourism
Photograph © Abbotsbury Tourism
Photograph © Abbotsbury Tourism
Photograph © Abbotsbury Tourism
Photograph © Abbotsbury Tourism
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Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge

Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, England, DT3 4LA

All year. Daily except Christmas period. Open 10am to 6pm or dusk.

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