May is one of the best months to visit Abbotsbury. The Sub-Tropical Gardens are resplendent with a display of magnolias, camellias and azaleas and the cygnets are hatching at the Swannery.

With Spring truly underway your thoughts may turn to gardening and whether you have a small patio or a garden with lawn and flower borders, here in Abbotsbury, you can find something just that little bit special. The Artisan Flowers and Garden shop (opposite the village stores on the corner of Chapel lane) not only sells plants but also some useful and interesting pots and garden ornaments. Further up the main street Quintessential sells retro garden furniture and quirky ornaments – look out for the pigs on the pavement! The Sub-Tropical Gardens also sell plants but many of are exotic, so be careful to check that they can withstand frosts if you do not have a conservatory to overwinter them in.

Now is the time to shake off those winter blues, why not walk up to St. Catherine’s Chapel to admire the views, then return to the village to chill out and enjoy lunch or a cream tea in one of the pretty tea-rooms or the pub gardens.

To truly enjoy all that Abbotsbury has to offer, please visit our historic St. Nicholas Church and pick up a ‘Discovering Abbotsbury’ booklet- the booklet is only £1 and includes an introduction to the village as well as some short village walks.