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Top ten garden centres in and around Dorchester 

Posted on November 28, 2023 by Shaun Vallance
Top ten garden centres in and around Dorchester 

The English Country Garden is alive and well in Dorset.  With various garden centers near Dorchester, these verdant emporiums provide plants, tools, seeds, and inspiration to the green-fingered and aspiring gardeners.  If you are moving to Dorchester, or have recently moved, this list of local garden centers will help you get your plant pilgrimages on the map. As one of Dorset’s oldest removals and storage companies, we appreciate how important it is to get your roots in the ground. There is no county quite like Dorset, with its wide range of natural beauty and stunning coastline.  When the time comes to give everything to your garden, then Dorset is the destination of choice for many. Here are some gardens and centres that can provide all your seasonal needs for the garden. 

1-Dobbies Galton 

Previously a Wyevale Garden centre, Dobbies Galton has the multi-faceted attractions of a restaurant and soft play area, making it a destination for the family for multiple hours.  Pet food, accessories, gifts, and various gardening materials and furniture can be found here. For Christmas trees, real and artificial, lights, and the whole extravaganza, Dobbie’s in Dorchester will help you get illuminated. 

24 Wareham Road 


Dorchester DT2 8BY

2-Mill House Nursery

Mill House Nursery is located near the Mill House Cider Museum and the Clock Gallery.  The Spring Nursery will open in January 2024 and will have seed potatoes, onions, and shallots in many varieties.  For gardeners who are looking for vegetable seedlings, bedding plants, and a wide range of flowers, this treasury of a nursery is a must. 

33 Moreton Road


Dorchester DT2 8HZ

3- The Potting Shed 

The Potting Shed in Dorchester is a family-run business, that specializes in handy garden tools which make great gifts. Their range of flower and vegetable seeds is available online and on South St Dorchester. Animal and wild bird care is one of their niches as well as perfect gifts for those with a garden inclination.  While it is not a  garden centre, its selection of garden tools and gifts makes it a handy central point on the gardening map. 

27 South St, Dorchester DT1 1BY

4-Woodsford Nurserys 

Located on the Dorchester to Crossways Road, one mile from Crossways, Woodsford Nursery provides a wide range of gardening materials, plants, and trees all at reasonable prices. 


Dorchester DT2 8BT

5-Frampton Roses 

If you are looking for fine perennials, then Frampton Roses can provide.  They specialize in top-performing perennials, with the old classics and new designer plants as part of their range.  For herbaceous and evergreen perennials, as well as long flowering perennials, their range will delight your senses and gardening aesthetic.

Frampton Roses 

34 Dorchester Road 


Dorchester DT2 9NF

6–Holme for Gardens 

Close to Wareham, Holme Garden Centre is a haven for gardeners, with a farm shop and café. All the staff are gardeners and are happy to impart and share their knowledge, as well as tend to the wide range of plants there.  Climbers, cottage garden perennials, roses, shrubs and trees, and bedding plants, their range is eclectic and exciting. With interesting events and the capacity for group visits, every keen gardener in Dorset would be interested in this beautiful garden centre.  A favourite for those who enjoy browsing for their own horticultural inspiration. 

West Holme


BH20 6AQ

7- Warden Hill Garden Centre 

Situated on Long Ash Lane, Warden Hill Garden Centre has a range of seasonal plants as well as stocking Willow Artisan Basketware.  Stocking houseplants as well as the all-time favourites, this is a smaller garden centre worth investigating.  

Long Ash Lane




8-Poundbury Gardens 

The Gardens Group has locations in Wincanton, Sherborne and Poundbury. Poundbury Gardens was opened by King Charles in 2006, as a hive of horticultural activity in the centre of Poundbury.  At the heart of all the Gardens Group gardens is a passion for sustainability and preservation of the natural environment. With a restaurant and a café, it is a great meeting spot for people as well as a venue for many of the Gardens Group events.  With a wide range of plants, seeds, bulbs, and growing advice and guidelines, as well as spectacular Christmas displays it’s worth having Poundbury on your horticultural map. 

Peverell Avenue

9-Groves Nurseries 

Further afield in Bridport is another gardening emporium, in the form of Grove’s nurseries.  Bare root hedging, ornamental trees and perennial grasses make this garden centre worth the extra distance. Fruit trees and vegetable plants as well as ornamental seeds and bulbs mean that you can delight in all aspects and potentials of the garden in one location.  From lawn care to animal care, they have all the bases covered.  Plus, when it comes to Christmas, as you may expect they have more than could be imagined for this festive time.  If you want to look at sheds and garden buildings, as well as BBQs grills and all the latest, this is the place to do it. 

West Bay Road

10- The Walled Garden Moreton 

The Walled Garden Moreton is home to some extraordinary gardens, and The Dovecote Café. In the Plant Shop, you can find a diverse range of seasonal plants all supplied by Thorngrove Garden Centre.  You can also order online through the Thorngrove Garden Centre online shop.  Plants include alpines, climbers, bedding stock as well as trees and top-grade compost products.  Hosting the Dorset Art Week, this venue combines art, gardening, contemplation, and gifts. 




 DT2 8RG

Other locations in Dorchester and Dorset for gardeners 

Stone Zone in Dorchester has a wide range of landscaping materials, stone, and paving. For cobbles, pebbles, sandstone, and wooden sleepers, they have everything you need to structurally redefine your garden.   If you are interested in aquatic products then Dobbie’s in Dorchester hosts Maidenhead Aquatics or for a guide to creating your pond, explore here.  Another great resource for garden enthusiasts is the Dorset Reclamation Yard where you can find unique garden ornaments and garden furniture to add something different to your garden’s character. If you are interested in a bespoke sundial then Merlin Sundials in Shaftesbury can tailor, make, and inscribe in accord with your vision. 

Woods- Removals and Storage in Dorchester 

We have been moving people to and around Dorset for over a century.  One of Dorchester’s family-run businesses, we are now members of the Master Removers Group.  The Master Removers Group is a network of leading-edge removals and storage companies in the UK that specialize in excellent customer service and reliable removals, at the time when you need it most. We offer four types of storage to our customers, and with our range of vehicles ,we can tailor-make a removal package to suit you and your family’s needs. Our Man and Van team is a good choice for a small move, or if you need to move a office, or for another professional venture. If you are going to move to Dorchester, get in touch with our team today for a quote. Read our reviews to see how our customers rate our service.