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THE GARDENS

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. Call 01227 752309 to find out more.

Earthcraft

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

Garden Opening Times:

The gardens are now open for the 2017 season and will close on 1st October 2017.

Garden Daily Openings

Weds – Sun & Bank Holidays.
Gates open 11am. Last admission 5pm, gardens close 6pm.

Garden Admission Prices:

Adults ……………………………… £7.00
Children (4-16yrs)* ……………………………… £2.50
Children 3yrs and under*………………………………. FREE
Wheelchair users** ……………………………… £1.00

Please note: We currently do not have the facility for card payments. We only accept cash or cheque.

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

Dogs are very welcome on leads.

*May be priced separately for special events **Gardens are only partially accessible ***Unlimited visits during opening times for one season. Season tickets can be purchased from the ticket office during opening hours or at the Main House.

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