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Mount Ephraim – 2016 Kent Life Garden Awards Finalists!

We’re very pleased to say that we made the finals in the Large Gardens category of the Kent Life Garden Awards 2016, and came in second place!

This is all due to the hard work of Head Gardener Mark James and the rest of the team and they deserve every success. We put a few questions to Mark about the award and what it means to everyone at Mount Ephraim…

1. What were the main challenges for you as a gardener when entering the Kent Life Garden Awards?

Our owner, Lesley Dawes, actually entered us shortly before the judge’s visit and I was unaware that we had been entered up until the last moment! So we were just maintaining the gardens with the usual annual routine.

2. What does it mean to you and to Mount Ephraim that the gardens were awarded second place in the Large Garden category?

It means a great deal that the gardens are recognised in this way and that we were ‘runners up’ out of a wide range of equally lovely gardens. It is great that our efforts in maintaining and managing the gardens are recognised.

3. What makes you most proud of the gardens at Mount Ephraim?

The sense of maintaining and hopefully improving gardens which are over 100 years old. Many of our specimen trees are particularly fine.

4. Can you name your favourite plants in the garden? What makes them special to you?

One of my favourite trees in the garden is fifteen foot Pinus coulteri (Big Cone Pine) It is special to me because I grew it from seed ,approximately 10 years ago.

5. Which new plants are you looking forward to seeing next season when the gardens reopen?

We are currently planning many more tulips in the gardens for next spring and I am looking forward to seeing them bloom and to the positive and complimentary comments that they receive from our garden visitors.

We’re all very proud of this success and look forward to springtime next year when we can see the gardens come to life again. Well done Mark and the whole team!

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