Behind a 150 year old wall, situated just outside of Wareham, Dorset, sits 3.5 acres in the midst of transformation. Carey’s Secret Garden opened its gate to the public in May this year. 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 10 am till 4 pm. Or enjoy unlimited garden visits with our Annual membership which includes a 10% discount on all courses and events – see membership details below.

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.

Quick questions

Q Cafe & retail

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.

Please note: Only card payments are taken on site; we do NOT accept cash payments in the café or for retail.

Q Tickets

Ticket prices are £5.50 adults, Children £2.75, and under 5’s are free. All proceeds will go towards the further development of the gardens and keeping our Gardening team full of tea and biscuits!

Visitors are by booking only with limited numbers via the website.

Please note the garden will be closed in August.

Q Annual Membership

Annual Memberships are now available for Careys Secret Garden.

Enjoy unlimited Garden Visits whenever the garden is open PLUS a 10% discount on all courses/events.

Your membership will be valid for one year from the purchase date, giving you the chance to see the walled garden maturing, evolving, and changing over the seasons. Simply book in online and come to wander the gardens at your leisure. Perhaps even indulge in a delicious coffee and piece of cake (you are welcome to bring your own reusable cup to help us minimise waste).

Single Memberships are currently discounted at £40 (normally £50 per person)
Joint Memberships are currently discounted at £75 (normally £90)

Further information and full terms and conditions can be found at https://bookings.careyssecretgarden.co.uk/become-a-member

Q Location

Careys Secret Garden can be found within a 3-mile-radius of the market town of Wareham, Dorset. This is 11-mile-radius from Poole & 19-mile-radius from Dorchester, nestled in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck.
Due to the sensitive nature of our position for wildlife, and for a bit of fun, we would like our location to be kept secret just a bit longer. The exact location of Careys Secret Garden will be revealed to you only on completing your booking and we ask that you then keep it just between us!

Q Dogs

Whilst we love dogs, due to the sensitive wildlife surrounding the site, we only allow guide dogs and therapy dogs on to our grounds.

Q Accessibility

We advise that visitors are ready for slightly rough terrain with a short walk along undulating gravel tracks to reach the gardens, stout footwear is required. We have disabled parking on-site although this is still a walk from the walled garden entrance. Our toilet facilities are suitable for wheelchair users. Those with mobility issues are welcome to contact us in advance and we can tailor your visit to your needs accordingly.
Please note that if your vehicle is a very large motorhome our driveway will not be suitable due to height restrictions.

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  • Thursday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Saturday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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