Openings for Shobrooke Park Gardens in spring 2024

So we will open the gardens on three Saturday Morning. 

10.00 am to 1.00 pm on the 23rd March, 6th April and 4th May

There was no need to book in advance this year for the days we were open. 
Adults £7.50 including VAT with children free. 

We may open to groups of visitors, at other times, by arrangement.

The garden is rough and steep, in places, so unfortunately not suitable for people with mobility problems or wheelchairs.
Stout boots and walking sticks are sensible for your visit.
Children must be closely supervised, at all times, as our Portland Stone walls make inviting climbing frames.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs. 

A short introduction to the Shobrooke Park Garden

The 200 acre Shobrooke Park was laid out in the 1850s.
The house was lost in a fire in 1946. The grand garden remains, with its Portland stone terracing and flowering shrubs under ancient oaks.
All especially magnificent in the Spring.

Wandering through the oak woodland, on to the formal terracing and past the walled kitchen gardens to the American Grounds there are ever changing colours.
See the way that clipped yew and laurel compliment the stonework.
Enjoy the views out over Shobrooke Park with its cascade of ponds.

Visiting in March you will see camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons amongst yellow daffodils.
April sees the woodland carpeted with blue bells.
In May the spring flowers fade but the diversity of the shrubs continues in whites, blues, yellows and pinks.
The scented azaleas in the American grounds are worth the walk.

  Shobrooke Park Gardens Open 19th March 2021 image

  Shobrooke Park Gardens Open 19th March 2021 image

If you visit in March, this gem of a garden is just springing into life, with new greenery everywhere.
The oaks are not yet in leaf allowing sun light to shine on the daffodils with primroses competing for space.
The magnolias are at their best and the early rhododendrons give splashes of colour.
The camellias, covered in blooms, sit in a pool of their spent flowers.
This riot of colours contrasts with the distant views of Shobrooke Park, with its green fields and majestic trees.

  Shobrooke Park Gardens Open 19th March 2021 image

  Shobrooke Park Gardens Open 19th March 2021 image

During April and into May the early daffodils are replaced by a sea of bluebells, whilst elsewhere in the garden the later daffodils are a joy to see.
More rhododendrons are coming into flower, joined by azaleas and other spring shrubs.

By May our ancient Wisteria along the wall under the main terrace will be coming into flower.

And many rhododendrons are still in flower.

Our garden is not beautifully manicured.
It used to be maintained by a team of six men, and a boy with a pony.
Now it is cared for by two folk in their late seventies, with one or two days a week of gardening help.
As we love our garden we have the invested in modern garden machinery!
We hope you will enjoy sharing it with

  Shobrooke Park Gardens Open 19th March 2021 image

For more details of the various 'rooms' in our garden click below.

Click here for the Garden Brochure and directions to find us.

Page last updated 18th March 2024