The informal gardens at Minterne are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, the home of the Churchill and Digby families for 350 years.
The gardens and woodlands at Minterne were landscaped in the 18th century in the style of 'Capability' Brown. There is a chain of small lakes, cascades and streams with numerous ducks.
The lakes and streams support many moisture-loving plants, water plants and water lilies.
There are more than a mile of walks through the gardens which provide new vistas at every turn.
The 20 acres of woodlands are at their best in the spring when important collections of Himalayan rhododendrons, azaleas, acers and cherries are a blaze of colour. These are underplanted with a huge array of spring bulbs.
Minterne gardens are also spectacular in the autumn with splendid foliage colours