A walled, wild plot left untouched for over 40 years. Careys Secret Garden was rediscovered in 2019, sensitively restored and now open for visitors.
Carey's Secret Garden opened its gate to the public in May 2021. This wild, walled Victorian garden was rediscovered in 2019 and has undergone extensive restoration to re-imagine the gardens for a modern age.
Carey's Secret Garden is a welcoming space that aims to inspire a return to nature. Created with expertise in Rewilding, Permaculture and Natural Gardening, Carey is open to an intimate number of visitors every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please note we are closed throughout August due to some secret projects!
Set against the backdrop of the spectacular Isle of Purbeck, Carey's Secret Garden remains a closely guarded secret due to its unique habitat and sensitive wildlife projects. Visitors can expect to see a young and exciting space that they can return to enjoy seeing it grow over the coming years.
The 3.5 acres of gardens are enclosed by original Clayton red brick walls built in 1883. Since rediscovery the walls have been deemed to have Heritage value and are earmarked for Grade II listing.
The gardens incorporate the stunning design of the gardening team; Paul Scriven, Head Gardener and Dan Smith of Bee-utiful Gardens. The pair have created and curated the gardens for all tastes. Visitors can expect to see an Arid garden, Rose Garden, Traditional Orchard and local wildflower meadow, Tea and Herb garden, Fruit cage and cut flower garden and vegetable beds. The latest edition is the exciting Stumpery and Foodforest area which were designed in partnership with Permaculture Magazines competition winner. There are children's packs to keep youngster's amused and also a mud kitchen and den building area - as well as cake and ice cream!
Steeped in history, Carey's Secret Garden will offer a unique passport to traditional garden techniques as well as a very modern focus on issues such as Climate Change and Social justice. Working with local Earth Scientist Dr Anjana Khatwa, Carey's Secret Garden will aspire to be accessible for all and incorporate exciting educational partnerships with short courses and events being added from September to allow visitors the chance to deepen their knowledge.
In addition Carey's Secret Garden also has a partnership with local restaurant, the Salt Pig, with a very special ‘Secret Salt Pig’ serving refreshments to enjoy in the gardens served from the old ‘Tatty store’, a Victorian potato store selling zero waste pot plants and fresh cut flowers alongside vegetarian dishes and drinks.
Visitors are by booking only with limited numbers via the website.
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