Here are some recent comments from visitors to the gardens:
"Lovely gardens. Really enjoyed our visit. Thank you."
"I thought the lakes and ponds were breathtaking. Lots of atmospheric photos. Well done!"
"Don't think much can be improved. The layout was well though out, the planting and design imaginative and varied. Enjoyed too seeing the wildlife drawn here. Well done."
"Lovely gardens and beautiful lily's."
"Had a lovely day."
"Very beautiful, even in autumn. Will visit again in summer time."
"Lovely gardens, well-maintained; and in all, a welcome haven near town. Many thanks!"
"More of the same please."
"Lovely trip. Stunning lilies and excellent walks round ponds. Very peaceful and enjoyable."
"Absolutely beautiful, we were surprised and delighted. My 93 year old mother said "this is heaven", I agree.!"
"A very pleasant - relaxing visit. Will recommend to WI groups."
"Very peaceful and tranquil."
"The gardens are inspirational and hopefully we can use some of the ideas we have seen - thank you!"
"Really liked the giant draughts board and the flowers were beautiful"
"Very, very happy with your wonderful gardens. Thank you. We will be back!"
"Lovely tranquil gardens."
"Beautiful as it is."
"Very enjoyable tranquil walk."
"Excellent gardens, well worth the visit"
"Absolutely enchanted by the water lilies"
"We came on a sunny day. Appreciated the many shady areas. The water lilies are absolutely stunning. Beautiful landscaping"
"A wonderful attraction on my doorstep! Congratulations. Will be bringing friends and family here."
"A lovely pleasant place to visit."
"It's very beautiful and we enjoyed the wildlife as well as the water plants."
"Excellent trip, thoroughly enjoyed by all, thank you :)"
"A lovely day out - will certainly come again"
"We love it here being local to Chickerell"
"Very enjoyable visit"
"Beautiful so peaceful Stunning water lilies A worthwhile visit Highly recommended"
"Water Gardens much bigger than expected. Well looked after, delightful to look at. Plenty of benches to relax on."
"Very nice water gardens. Well maintained. A lovely way to spend a couple of house."
"Very pretty and relaxing"
"A lovely experience, well done!"
"Thank you for thoughtfully placed seats and knowledgeable staff."
"A peaceful walk with much colour from the lilies. Lovely."
"Absolutely beautiful place to visit and am considering having my wedding ceremony here as such a beautiful setting"
"Lovely visit. Highly recommend."
"A most pleasant and memorable visit, will recommend to friends."
"Beautiful! Lovely to see how it has developed since my last visit about 25 years ago."
"Lovely peaceful and tranquil place."
"Beautiful and peaceful. Truly fantastic, thank you."
"Delightful gardens, very well maintained, charming and obliging wildlife."
"Very peaceful gardens, lakes and lilies are beautiful. Created that "Monet Gardens" experience."
"Lovely the way it is natural and unspoiled. Garden staff helpful and friendly."
"A lovely way to spend an afternoon! Away from the rat race and also very informative. Delight also seeing 7 (4 day old?) ducks."
"Beautiful gardens and lily ponds. Fabulous day out. Will definitely tell others and come again. Thank you."
"What a beautiful place."
"It was all brilliant, especially the staff describing the wildlife and pond dipping."
"Very interesting place to visit. So many different lilies on show."
"Thank you for a lovely relaxing morning. James made the pond dipping fun and informative. Thanks."
"Really enjoyed it. Even our son had a nice time and took lots of photos!"
"The gardens were larger than expected and having walked all round the gardens we wish we had known about the gardens before. There is so much to see."
"Stunning, tranquil setting. Peaceful, mindful beauty."
"Beautiful day and wonderful gardens."
"Beautiful gardens, so peaceful and serene."
"Aware of gardens, no idea such a large area, looked beautiful today."
"A beautiful place."
"Beautiful hidden gem - we will return!"
"Lovely visit, will come again."
"Beautiful so tranquil."
"Had a lovely day visiting in the sunshine, thank you."
"We enjoyed our visit."
"A wonderful place. Will come back again."
"Lovely visit. Lots of wildflowers."
"Enjoyed very much. Look forward to coming back when water lilies are out."
"Absolutely amazing! :)"
"We will definitely return. Stunning place, felt so relaxed and peaceful"
"Cafe Monet excellent food. Gardens excellent, peaceful and lovely ducks"
"My first visit and won't be my last. So peaceful. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the gardens."
"The gardens are beautiful and a credit to all the hard work done by the Bennett family and their team. It was a rainy day but was still enjoyable. Look forward to coming back and seeing your renovated "
"Thank you! We will come back soon"
"Beautiful as it is. So peaceful & relaxing"
"A beautiful place - very calming. Magnificent National Collection of Waterlilies"
"We loved the layout as was presented. Very welcomed the ample seating. The history on show was very interesting."
"It was a beautiful setting, very relaxing."
"Beautiful water lilies, lovely setting"
"Beautiful atmosphere, relaxing. "
"Very impressive. Loved it."
"Stunning gardens, very peaceful and beautiful to walk around. Will definitely visit again and recommend to others. Gutted that the camera battery dies!"
"Thoroughly enjoyed the garden, the plants, the dragonflies, the ducks and the ginger cat escorted around the Roach Pond"
"We have been coming to Chickerell for 20+ years and always wanted to come here. It was our 1st visit today and it lived up to expectations."
"Just brilliant as it is"
"Beautiful , amazing hidden treasures of perfect lilies. Well done!"
"Keep it as it is, it's lovely!!"
"Beautiful area, interesting museum"
"Each time we visit we are in awe. Thank you"
"Excellent all round."
"Wonderful visit well worth travelling the distance. Next time we need to see a Kingfisher!"
"Excellent visit, very interesting - weather also excellent"
"Fabulous day out - I don't think it needs anything extra."
"A beautiful tranquil place to wander around. Very relaxing"
"We have never seen a water lily garden laid out before. It is unique. A friend from Bournemouth said your Money Bridge is better than the real one."
"Amazing surroundings, beautiful scenery and incredible array of wildlife "
"Amazing, as good as Monet's Garden. Such a variety and also the wildlife."
"Loved looking at the ponds, was given inspiration on how to modify my pond!"
"Enjoyed it all in wonderful sunshine, peaceful and tranquil."
"Not much I can say, enough seats, views and flowers to keep your interest! Very enjoyable"
"Well worth a visit. I took lots of photos to show a garden group I run for U3A."
"Your gardens are beautiful and it is very peaceful here. Great cake!"
"Lovely environment, enjoyed the dragonflies and found some exuvia!"
"We thought the gardens were superb, and we enjoyed our visit more than the one we went to at Giverny exactly a year ago!"
"It's hard to improve on perfection!"
"Wonderful sight to see, all different coloured water lilies, so beautiful and the green bridge similar to the one at Monet's Gardens."
"Absolutely beautiful will definitely visit again everybody so helpful and friendly."
"What a beautiful place, so pleased we came, I would definitely recommend it to others."
"Amazing gardens. I didn't realise it was so big. Really enjoyed visiting."
"Lovely relaxing place to walk around."
"Excellent photographic opportunities. Amazing setting for a wedding. Very natural - very beautiful."
"Please don't let too many people in at once! Just about perfect - a great day out."
"Beautiful water gardens beyond expectation. Cafe excellent food."
"We were amazed at the various amount of colours and combinations of colour and so tranquil."
"This was my 70th Birthday treat, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you"
"We thought it was very peaceful and lots of wild life to see"
"Nicely laid out gardens. Must look brilliant when water lilies are out. Not much room for improvement, well kept."
"Delightfully tranquil place with plenty of places to sit and enjoy the path-side flowers and scenery"
"Very relaxing and peaceful gardens"
"so tranquil and beautiful an excellent day out"
"we very much enjoyed our visit"
"How do you improve on perfection"
"Loved our visit"
"beautiful setting and lovely to walk around"
"it has given us a lot of ideas for improving our pond"
"It was a lovely place and beautiful walk. The cafe was excellent"
"A delightful surprise around every corner the vision and hard work has worked out very well"
"Keep it exactly as it is! My wife Hazel and I certainly appreciated the tranquility"
"A lovely garden to visit, its all beautiful and well kept, thank you for a second lovely trip."
"Lovely gardens and even though part was closed for tree felling it didn't diminish our visit. Disabled access brilliant too"
"Unique and tranquil surrounding - really enjoyed our visit"
"This place is so beautiful I love it"
"Beautiful, peaceful gardens will definitely be back again."
"it would have been a great help to have the trees named"
"very enjoyable time spent here. Congratulations"
"Lovely gardens, loe it come back again when sunny"
"Love the seats to just sit and absorb the lovely views"
"Lovely sunny day waterlilies fabulous"
"Fantastic gardens, good food"
"Always a pleasure to come here, beautiful, relaxing garden. Could maybe renew some of the benches and add some more fountains. Enjoyed a delicious lunch!"
"A really wonderful day out!"
"Love coming here. Always beautiful and relaxing"
"Really enjoyed your gardens will come again. Thank you."
"a most tranquil experience prior to a funeral at Weymouth Crematorium"
"loved Monet's bridge and surroundings"
"Loved the gardens and found the museum really interesting. Many thanks :)"
"We didn't know what to expect - it is lovely"
"Absolutely beautiful and peaceful"
"Very good value for money"
"Do you know you have a 'new' species of Damselfly to UK here? - Small Red-eyed Damselfly, a recent coloniser from the continent"
"Info in museum - good. Recommend visitors be directed here first and may then be even more appreciative of the beautiful gardens."
"What improvements would you make to such a lovely place it was great"
"A truly lovely garden - thanks."
"Hidden gem, never expected such a lovely place so close to the road and industrial estate"
"Wonderfully kept gardens. Really impressed with all aspects of the visit. We'll be back."
"Beautiful as usual, lots to see. Weather good - sunny. We arrived by public transport"
"Not the best weather but still an enjoyable walk"
"Well laid out and interesting vistas"
"What a wonderful display of water-lilies. Enjoyed our visit very much."
"Very well kept excellent"
"Beautiful, will be back"
"Breathtaking absolutely fabulous - some smaller ponds with no plants looked sad?? maybe good reason, but very beautiful gardens/ponds"
"Magnificent flowering, presumably after a burst of heat. Very calm and soothing place"
"Spotted Kingfisher few years ago - can you get some more please! Only joking. Beautiful place, really love it"
"Lovely gardens a good place to bring our visitors to"
"A perfect afternoon - friendly and knowledgeable staff and a beautiful balance of natural plants and imported varieties"
"A perfect balance of nature and manicure"
"Incredible colours and different varieties of lily. The whole gardens were wonderfully maintained, and a peaceful haven"
"We just love the peace and tranquility of the water gardens for an hour or two, then lunch in the Cafe Monet. The gardens are a pure labour of love"
"A really lovely afternoon was spent here. Enjoyed lunch and the lakes were breath-taking. No improvement necessary"
"Brilliant! Outstanding displays of water lilies! Suggest label on ground hibernation homes; scale of maps; separate dragonfly recognition sheet"
"Very nice walk: relaxing. We're deaf. Will come here again!!"
"A lovely day out spent tin the sun"
"Beautiful! Never seen so many water lilies"
"Very tranquil and relaxing would visit again and recommend"
"Lovely day out - very tranquil, and good to know the history of the place"
"Lovely relaxing day - very enjoyable."
"Could not fault anything"
"Much bigger than expected calming effect, couldn't improve (wonderful)"
"Very enjoyable visit. Perhaps more information signs around the gardens to explain about various plants."
"Wonderful for photographers"
"None its very nice and relaxing given me ideas for my fish pond"
"You seem to have it all sorted. I really enjoyed the visit, and will spread the word!"
"Beautiful, very much enjoyed our time here"
"On my last visit here I think the Water Garden is still or more beautiful. Visit here in June I would love to come back again in the different seasons. Thank you for a fab visit credit to all the staff"
"Really enjoyable walk very relaxing will come again"
"Beautiful tranquil spot the lilies are just wonderful. WHAT a transformation!"
"Lovely gardens! Possibility of us choosing this as our wedding venue. We love it"
"Lovely relaxing time walking around the beautifully kept gardens"
"So tranquil, a lovely abundance of seats to sit and soak up the atmosphere and admire the beauty around us!"
"Gardens beautiful and paths easy to use"
"A wonderful peaceful place, thank you"
"Very relaxing indeed; not crowded and was lingering to hopefully see kingfisher - but saw huge heron etc. A beautiful naturalised place. Thank you."
"Such a pleasant day so tranquil, we loved our visit :) Lunch was great!"
"Can't see how you could improve anything. Paths were a little soggy but gravel paths would spoil area"
"Lovely, peaceful and relaxing, well done!"
"Just sorry I wasn't here when the lilies are blooming. I can imagine the beauty. Enjoyed the wild flowers and the heron"
"Pleasant place to bring visitors as unique"
"Could not think of much to improve this tranquil site. Maybe weather as we had today lovely spring sunshine"
"We really enjoyed the pond dipping"
"Beautiful and inspirational even on a cold wet day"
"It was pouring with rain during our visit but we still had a fabulous time. We'll be back again!"
"This is our second visit so we must think it good!"
"Excellent, very beautifully landscaped. Will return in summer - can't wait"
"Absolutely fabulous water gardens. Cafe was lovely as was the food. Over the moon I was able to buy a fantastic Monet painting"
"Very enjoyable visit. Will come again when lilies in bloom"
"Very beautiful, peaceful setting"
"Brilliant place! You have put so much hard work into it and created a magical stunning place to visit. We will come each time we visit Dorset."
"Lovely lunch. First visit and as a keen photographer I was eager to see the lilies - beautiful and very peaceful gardens. We are local, so will definitely be visiting again"
"Delightful experience. So peaceful. Shall recommend you to gardening clubs"
"Stunning. Labelling excellent"
"Beautiful gardens well worth a visit"
"A wonderful peaceful place to be. Water lilies beautiful"
"Stunning! Spur of the moment visit on way back from crematorium on a lovely sunny day. Unprepared - no camera - but the beauty of the ponds will be with us forever."
"Very interesting and unique gardens"
"Beautiful and very interesting"
"Lovely, tranquil and wonderful wildlife"
"A lovely garden. 'Monet's' bridge surpasses that at Giverny, for tranquility and wonderful water lilies in the pond."
"Can only imagine the hard work and drainage management that has gone into such a beautiful place to visit. Thank you!"
"The gardens are beautiful as they are"
"We have visited many English gardens over the years but the water gardens are unique. 10 out of 10"
"The music in the Tea Room was as relaxing as the gardens. Thanks you so much"
"A really inspirational venture!"
"Very peaceful a really lovely place"
"Beautiful and relaxing, very natural and well designed"
"What a beautiful haven! So I glad I visited this special precious place - thank you so much"
"A lovely peaceful place friendly lady in cafe and at ticket desk"
"Very tranquil and beautiful food in cafe - excellent."
"A delightful morning. Many thanks."
"An excellent venue to visit"
"We arrived early and had a lovely visit around the gardens we managed to beat the rain and had a very nice meal in the cafe. Off to the shop before we leave"
"Your's are better by far than Monet"
"Wonderfully tranquil place... would definitely recommend to family and friends."
"Visited many times over the years, always a great pleasure, a haven of peace. The soothing background music in Monet Cafe is pleasant but too repetitive!"
"Plant labels for plants other than lilies would be helpful"
"Very good ground for wheelchair and wheelchair access."
"Most enjoyable. Thank you for all your hard work and ideas."
"Beautiful place to wander with lots of seating to sit and admire "
"What a delightful place! And ideal place for a wedding, so romantic. The garden and ponds are both beautiful and unusual. A little piece of paradise."
"Beautiful peaceful gardens. Kind and friendly staff. Excellent food and service, and the sun shone!"
"Lilies were beautiful. Enjoyed our visit very much."
"This is my second visit - enhanced by James talk to the group about variety of water lilies and maintenance of ponds"
"Very serene, the wildlife was gorgeous, the heron and dragonflies were lovely to see."
"Stunningly beautiful and overwhelmed by the work that has gone into creating this wonderful garden."
"Beautiful place to visit, very peaceful, lots of seating - excellent! Great cafe and lovely staff. Dorset Apple Cake fabulous!"
"Absolutely lovely fantastic gardens and enjoyed meeting the chick! (Duckling)"
"Excellent - a wonderful and relaxing place. "
"Thank you for providing many seats for an old lady (me) to sit while husband makes most of camera. Beautiful place."
"A lovely tranquil place to visit - we chose the best time! Love the museum too."
"Excellent and tranquil thank you"
"We had a lovely afternoon, the water lilies were beautiful and the dragonflies were having a whale of a time. Cafe Monet DELICIOUS!!!"
"A visit as part of a coach tour - fab venue. No need to go to France to see Monet's Garden!"
"Lovely place, beautifully looked after and arranged. Worth every penny! Photos galore! And WHAT and amazing day."
"Thank you - a great 2 hour stroll"
"Beautiful gardens with great vistas!"
"Very impressed with how gardens have improved and progressed since our last visit"
"A lovely relaxing visit"
"Especially liked the history of garden display in museum"
"Very nice, everyone really enjoyed the day"
"Beautiful planting of specimen trees - I'd like to come here to draw and paint"
"A lovely relaxing atmosphere and everything very well maintained."
"Gardens lovely at any time of year. Will definitely come again."
"A delightful afternoon. Thank you."
"Very nice range of plants and pleasant to walk around"
"A very enjoyable visit - it's so peaceful in the garden."
"Very pleasant staff"
"Don't tell too many people about the gardens - they are very tranquil and special"
"Very pleasant staff"
"Brown signs missing for the few miles travelling from Dorchester"
"Brilliant. Why go back to Giverny?!"
"Peace and Tranquility - Beautiful Gardens!"
"Didn't find the plant nursery. Staff very friendly. A really enjoyable visit"
"A delightful place to wonder through and contemplate. We have been coming about 10 years."
"Peaceful, tranquil and far away from the madding crowd."
"Delightful, beautiful and peaceful haven - amazing use of the site. ? Children's I'Spy Books. OLYMPIC VISIT"
"We thoroughly enjoyed our visit today! It is so peaceful here, that it is hard to believe that we were so close to busy Weymouth Town."
"A lovely afternoon, and a superb cream tea."
"A lovely afternoon out"
"Really enjoyed it, especially the kids trail - maybe a bit pricey, but I can imagine expensive to upkeep"
"It was wonderful - ideal for Dad with walking difficulties."
"Excellent with everyone so friendly"
"A tranquil unspoilt attraction. We're tempted to get married again to use the gazebo"
"Beautiful place to visit - very peaceful and relaxing. Lots of seats for having a rest and to look at the lilies"
"Your signs and map of gardens - very helpful very peaceful here. Lovely lilies. Museum a good idea"
"Beautiful water gardens, so quiet and peaceful. We've really enjoyed our relaxed visit here today"
"Will definitely come again"
"Gardens are unique, peaceful and beautiful"
"apart from the rain it was a very enjoyable visit which I organised for 14 people - an Inner Wheel annual day out"
"Compares amazingly well with Giverny"
"Very impressed. Lovely restaurant and beautiful relaxing gardens."
"Very impressed that areas have been left alone e.g. wood piles etc to encourage wildlife"
"A lovely place to visit a couple of more seats around the big pond might be good"
"Paradise in June, in sun"
"Cafe bright and clean, friendly service, good food (pity you don't serve soups) what a shame its over 1000miles from our home"
"After entering the gardens were flooded. We should have been informed on arrival or maybe given a reduced entry fee as we were unable to see all the garden"
"Had a lovely day"
"We wanted to visit before our son's wedding at the Water Gardens. Very impressed by the care and layout - and of course lovely tranquility. Looking forward to the wedding itself!"
"Such a beautiful peaceful garden and blessed with sunshine perfect."
"A very peaceful and lovely place for a sunny afternoon. We enjoyed our visit here very much."
"My whole family loved doing the Easter Egg Hunt and I took a lot of pictures. Fantastic."