Mapperton Gardens are open from 3 March until 31 October 2018. Opening times are from 10am to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday. Please note that garden entry is half price in March.
The valley gardens at Mapperton reflect at least three periods of history. On the top level is the croquet lawn, where in dry weather the remains of a parterre, possibly 17th century, can be made out.
On the next level is the Italianate garden laid out by Mrs Ethel Labouchere in her husband’s memory in the 1920s, complete with grottoes, stone ornamental birds, animals and fountains. An orangery was added by Victor Montagu in the late 1960s, the current Earl of Sandwich’s father.
Below the wall and summer house are fish ponds which lead to the wild garden with its wonderful specimen shrubs and trees.