Knoll Gardens
Evoking nature’s profuse spontaneity, Knoll Garden’s meadow-style drifts merge almost seamlessly across its 4-acre garden.

From sunny perennial meadows to prairie style and tough easy-care, green lawn substitutes, the garden provides an abundance of practical planting ideas in an inspirational environment that also offers a haven for rest and relaxation.

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. Amongst its framework of rare and unusual trees and shrubs Neil has threaded an abundance of grasses and flowering perennials to spectacular effect. These robust planting schemes are all chosen to suit existing growing conditions and mimic nature, creating thriving low-maintenance plant communities. With stunning good looks, the relaxed gardening style is beneficial to wildlife with Neil’s naturalistic approach providing food, water, shelter and places to raise young.

Anyone looking to bring nature into their own garden will find themselves spoilt for ideas at Knoll. Neil’s Mediterranean-style gravel garden is regularly featured in the national press: his Sunny Meadow, an adaptation of a traditional English meadow more suited to smaller English gardens has also received national interest, using plants from Knoll’s own range to create a mini-meadow producing an amazing amount of flower throughout the season. A new sedge meadow was planted in 2016. Taking its inspiration from the Californian style, it showcases the pure effects of soft green foliage when seen en masse whilst the garden as a whole provides the perfect location to see the plants grown in Knoll’s award-winning nursery at their best.

A full event programme includes guided walks, workshops, masterclasses and plant fairs and all garden visitors receive a tree trail, highlighting some of the rarer specimens within Knoll’s mini arboretum as well as information about the garden’s history. Knoll’s Chelsea Gold Medal-winning nursery sells many of the plants found within the garden and can also offer planting advice whilst Knoll’s website provides a comprehensive insight into how to recreate Knoll’s relaxed style and bring a flavour of the natural world into your own garden.

All year (but not January)
Open 1st February until 22nd December 2017
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm (10am – 4pm Nov – March).
Closed Sunday and Monday (except Bank Holiday Mondays)
Free entry for under 5s
Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7ND
Tel:01202 873931
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Knoll’s owner, Neil Lucas has spent the last 20 years introducing his own sustainable style to the garden’s sandy soil.
  A best-selling author as well as RHS Council Member and Senior Judge, Neil is a passionate plantsman and his energy and enthusiasm have translated themselves into Knoll’s glorious grassy wonderland. This now provides a wonderful environment for both resident and visiting wildlife and all those interested in finding out a little more about his wildlife-friendly gardening techniques.
Knoll’s naturalistic style reaches its peak from August through to October with stunning autumn foliage, but there is always something special to see regardless of the time of year.
Spectactular autumn colour
Strolling around this secluded Dorset garden you’ll find an increasing range of native plants, new introductions – some launched to great acclaim at Chelsea Flower Show – rare varieties and several plants unique to the garden at Knoll.
Exit the A31 or the A348 onto the B3073 Ham Lane to Hampreston.
Parking on site
Self service refreshments only.
Most of the gardens are accessible to those accompanied by an able bodied helper.
Wheelchairs are available.
Dogs (Guide Dogs Permitted)
Knoll Gardens, Dorset
Knoll Gardens, Dorset
Recently featured on BBC Gardeners’ World, Knoll Gardens is a nationally recognised naturalistic garden and nursery, specialising in ornamental grasses. Originally a private botanic garden featuring Australasian plants, rare and unusual trees and shrubs are planted throughout the four-acre garden, forming a mini-arboretum which combines with Knoll’s showcase grasses to spectacular effect.
Knoll Gardens, Dorset