Kingston Maurward Gardens

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Address and contact details
Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY
Tel: 01305 215000
Fax: 01305 215001
Web site:
Latitude: 50° 43' 06" N
Longitude: 2° 23' 53N
Background to the collection
Year founded:1949
Ownership:Kingston Maurward College
Umbrella organisation:National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Principal: David Henley
Head Gardener: Nigel Hewish
Contact person: Nigel Hewish
Total Staff:150
Total Horticultural Staff:8
Physical environment
Altitude:80 m
Soil type:Sand, alkaline
Total area:90 ha
Area heated:790 m²
Weather recordsRecords kept
Direction:South & west
Average annual:990 mm
Month of maximum:November
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Special genera within the collections:
Penstemon, Salvia
Special collections:
Salvia, NCCPG – 180 Taxa, 120 Species, 500 Plants.
Penstemon, NCCPG – 15 Species, 115 Taxa, 700 Plants.
Record Keeping:No records kept
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Potential for secondary, higher and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, lectures
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, plant shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:30,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-5.30pm 5 Jan to 23 Dec
Guiding principles behind the collection
The garden is maintained for a teaching resource for college students as well as a visitor attraction.
Location map

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