Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Last updated: 17 May 2022

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Address and contact details
Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4LA
Tel: 01305 871412
Fax: 01305 871092
Latitude: 50° 39' 41" N
Longitude: 2° 37' 47" W
Background to the collection
Ownership:Private, Ilchester Estates
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Curator: Stephen Griffith
Contact person: Stephen Griffith
Total Staff:10
Accessions:Plant collections from the wild have good records, suitable planting sites within the garden and appropriate labelling.
Physical environment
Soil type:Loam/Acid
Total area:10.1 ha
Area heated:500 m²
Weather recordsNo records kept
Absolute maximum:34 °C (2003)
Absolute minimum:-7 °C (1991)
Strength:Above average
Average annual:80 mm
Month of maximum:April
Month of minimum:August
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Largest Picconia in the country, largest Buxus balearica, oldest camellias, largest Pterocarya fraxinifolia, tallest Liriodendron, oldest Villaresia
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Southern Africa, China, Eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand
Special families within the collections:
Oleaceae, Malvaceae, Fagaceae, Ericaceae, Theaceae, Rosaceae, Pittosporaceae, Leguminosae, Phormiaceae, Gramineae, Ginkgoaceae, Magnoliaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Picconia, Hoheria, Quercus, Rhododendron, Pittosporum, Camellia, Acacia, Phormium, Ginkgo, Magnolia
Special collections:
Conifers, ICCP, – 18 Genera, 20 Species, 20 Taxa, 37 Plants.

Hoheria, NCCPG, – 6 Species, 6 Accessions, 16 Plants.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1992
Accession books printed in 1899, 4000 species listed
Plant-collecting trips:National
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden catalogue
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public
Teaching and Education:Potential for primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic, special courses
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, plant shop, bookshop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:65,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm
Guiding principles behind the collection
The Garden aims to cultivate as many unusual half-hardy plants as possible, to make use of its special microclimate, as well as to increase its woodland plant collection, cultivated and wild-collected material. The Garden is putting together a lottery bid for the estate to include the funding of a botanical survey and records system.
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