While speculation builds about this year’s themes, which are kept under wraps right up until the big reveal, Louise Burks, director of The Gardens Group, and her team are currently hanging baubles, labelling ornaments, painting festive scenes and building partition walls ready for gardeners of all ages to explore the magical wonderlands at each centre.

Christmas display open evenings:

Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester – Wednesday 3 October at 7:30pm

Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil – Wednesday 10 October at 7:30pm

Castle Gardens, Sherborne – Thursday 18 October at 7:30pm