Two special gardens to visit – 15th September

An invitation to visit two private gardens on Tuesday 15th September

We have the opportunity to visit two private gardens north east of Beaminster on Tuesday 15th September – Corscombe House, Corscombe and Harvard Farm, near Halstock. You are able to visit either or both of the gardens as you choose and need to book by Thursday 10th September latest.

The gardens

These two gardens are not usually open to the public, not even through the National Garden Scheme, so it’s a special opportunity.

In the morning we’ll be visiting Corscombe House, arriving in own cars for 11am. James Bartos, owner, will be giving us an introductory talk and then you will be free to wander round this ‘room’-based garden. It’s a formal garden on axes, with vegetable area, wildflower meadow, orchard, pond, lower garden and secret garden. Cost £10 per head.

In the afternoon at 2.15pm, we’ll be visiting Harvard Farm, about 12 minutes drive away. Harvard Farm has been featured in both Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. It’s an Arts and Crafts-style garden with apple tunnel, cloud pruning and topiary, evergreens, trees and pond. Dilly Hobson, owner, will be giving an introduction to the garden. Her son Jake Hobson, is a specialist in topiary and cloud pruning so you should see some good examples in the garden. Cost £12 per head.

The photo above shows some of Jake’s work at Harvard. Image © Niwaki Ltd, used with permission


As Covid restrictions mean no coaches are running at this time, we need to be a bit more resourceful about our arrangements. People will need to organise their own travel and lunch arrangements. We have travel directions and lists of potential places for lunch/picnic and coffee on a separate sheet for those who book.

If you would like to visit either or both of the gardens, please book with Tricia Boyd (, 07767 261444) by Thursday 10 September at the latest. Payment will be required in advance of the trip. As these trips are specifically arranged for us, we will not be in a position to give refunds after Thursday 10th as we shall be paying the garden owners in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia.

We hope you will be able to join us on this special trip!