Dorchester's new Writers' Rose Garden to be officially opened - and named - this weekend

  Posted: 29.07.21 at 12:32 by Lottie Welch

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Dorchester’s new Writers’ Rose Garden will be officially opened this weekend.

The new feature in the Borough Gardens is between the new tennis courts and nursery glasshouses and will be opened at 11am on Saturday, July 31.

A competition was launched to help name the new rose garden, which includes a selection of flowers from David Austin’s literary collection of English roses, with many named after Thomas Hardy characters.

The name has been selected and there are two winners, who will each be presented with a David Austin English shrub rose by the mayor at the ceremony.

The event coincides with the Poetry Performance Day taking place in the town from 11am 4pm, with poets giving readings at different locations throughout the day. They will be at the bandstand in the Borough Gardens at 11.30am.

There will also be live music from the Tahini Sisters and VIVA Community Choir, Dorset Food and Drink pop-up market and The New Hardy Players will be offering guided tours of some of the Victorian features in the gardens.

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