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THE GARDENS

Mount Ephraim Gardens is set in ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens against a backdrop of the beautiful Kent countryside.

The elaborate and unusual topiary with a miscellany of birds, animals and First World War memorabilia in clipped yew truly captures the imagination. The Millennium Rose Garden abundant with scented roses and a traditional herbaceous border complete this stunning area.

The gardens also feature a Japanese rock garden, water garden and lake, arboretum and a spectacular grass maze with a play area for children.

Opening times and prices listed below.

 

A PROJECT OF PASSION

We’re most well-known for our spectacular 10 acre Edwardian gardens. Our topiary garden, rock and water garden, arboretum and rose garden combine to create a charming experience – a monument to an age gone by.

First laid out in the early 1900s, the gardens suffered through wartime neglect and damage from use by the army. However, in the early 1950s Mary and Bill Dawes poured their hearts and souls into restoring them – with Mary involved heavily in the day-to-day running until her death in 2009 at the dignified age of 93. It’s this family touch that lends Mount Ephraim Gardens their personal charm.

CLASSICAL YET CREATIVE

AN EDWARDIAN GARDEN, AND MORE…

Today, the gardens continue to be cared for by two full time gardeners and some occasional part time and volunteer help under the instruction of Lesley Dawes, who has taken over the overall management of the gardens from her Mother-in-Law.

Although not a trained gardener or horticulturalist, Lesley has lived at Mount Ephraim for 25 years and has a great love for the gardens and the willingness and energy to take forward the legacy that Mary has left behind. We are now home to an extensive collection of spring bulbs, trees and shrubs including Rhododendrons, many types of Camelias and Magnolias. Full of intoxicating scents and sights, the gardens offer something different throughout spring, summer and into autumn. No two visits are ever the same.

We also have a beautiful tea room set in the West Wing Kitchen of the manor house, should you need refreshments mid-ramble.

OUR ON-SITE PARTNERS

We have several partners operating on the estate to add even more to your experience…

Hernhill Crafts Centre

Preserves, chutneys, cordials, jewellery and all manner of hand-made goods are on display. Open every Sunday from Easter to September and Bank Holidays in the Summer from 2pm until 5pm.

Earthcraft

Understand the outdoors better with skills training, forest school training, food safety and more. http://www.earthcraftuk.com/

Joe’s Bows Country Sports

Providing falconry, archery, axe throwing and other traditional country pursuits as experience days. Falconry displays will take place at Mount Ephraim on the fourth Sunday of every month from June to September 2018 at 12.30pm. www.joesbows.co.uk

Kent Laser Clays

Offering a unique, hi-tech and safe version of the country pursuit of clay pigeon shooting. This competitive activity where 5 shooters compete to hit the same clay target using decommissioned 12 bore shot guns is perfect for family gatherings and special occasions. Available for half day or full day events.
www.kentlaserclays.co.uk

Yonder Tents

Offering inspiring and flexible tents opening up your options for weddings and outdoor events.

https://www.facebook.com/yondertentsandevents/

GARDEN OPENING TIMES

The gardens are now open for the season until Sunday 30th September 2018. They will however be closed for a festival from Thursday 2nd August until Tuesday 7th August.

Garden Daily Openings

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays & Bank Holidays.
Gates open 11am. Last admission 4pm, gardens close 5pm.

Garden Admission Prices:

Adults …………………………………………………… £7.00
Children (4-16yrs)* ……………………………… £2.50
Children 3yrs and under* ……………………. FREE
Family ticket 2 adults 2+ children……………  £17

Wheelchair users** ……………………………… £1.00

Group Bookings

To make a group booking (for 10 or more visitors) please click here.

Season Tickets***

Family Season Tickets (2 adults, 2+ children) ……………. £50.00
Single Adult Season Tickets ……………………………………… £22.00
NEW! Single Child Season Ticket (4-16 years) ………… £7.50

Other information

There is a large car park with plenty of spaces and all parking is free.

Dogs are very welcome on leads for all responsible dog owners.

You are welcome to picnic in our gardens.

Access Statement

Please read our Access Statement for information on visiting Mount Ephraim.

*May be priced separately for special events **Gardens are only partially accessible for wheelchair users and people with lesser mobility. Disabled toilets and parking available ***

Unlimited visits during opening times for one season. Season tickets can be purchased from the ticket office during opening hours or by emailing info@mountephraimgardens.co.uk

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