Entries by lukemontagu

Volunteer guides needed at Mapperton House

In 2016 Mapperton House opens to the general public and specialised groups from Easter Sunday to the end of October, 12 noon to 4pm,  Sundays to Thursdays, and we are looking for new volunteer guides to conduct house tours. Volunteers should have a general interest in English history and heritage.  Above all they need patience and […]

Autumn Charity Garden Fair at Mapperton on Sunday 20 September

Mapperton’s Autumn Charity Garden Fair will be held on Sunday 20 September from 10am to 4pm and the selected charity is Yeovil Hospital (Scanner Appeal). This is a particularly good cause and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to support the Fair. Admission:  £3 Adults (normally £6), Children under 16 free. […]

Green thought in a green shade

Lady Sandwich writes: Peace, serenity, silence, contemplation, quiet, these are the sort of qualities we look for in gardens. They are places where we can lose ourselves in a “green thought in a green shade”. Mapperton has quiet and lovely places for contemplation, and benches specially placed for this. I don’t know how many people […]

The clematis viticella are coming out, Nelly Moser too

Lady Sandwich writes: As England is sweltering in a heat wave, I just hope our clematis have got nice cool roots, which is what they want. Clematis come from the temperate zones and don’t want over heating, originating, like so much else, often from China. The wonderful clematis viticella are just coming out in the […]

Climbing and rambling roses everywhere in June

Lady Sandwich writes: I look round Mapperton gardens in late June and I see climbing and rambling roses all over the place, mostly out of control and definitely out of reach. There are some on the pergola – Emily Gray, Parkdirektor Riggers, Veilchenblau, Blairii No 2; others are scrambling over the Red Wall – Goldfinch, […]

The Pocket Handkerchief tree is dropping its hankies

The Pocket Handkerchief tree is dropping its hankies, like Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggywinkle, at the top of the Wild Garden. This tree, davidia involucrata, is named after the famous Père David. Father Armand David (1826–1900, “Père David”), a French Vincentian missionary and keen naturalist living in China, found it first at 6,500 feet and sent dried […]

The Dogwoods are looking magnificent in the Wild Garden

Lady Sandwich writes: The dogwood or the cornus are common small trees in our English landscape and planted a lot by motorways and in public parks. But two special dogwoods are looking magnificent in the Wild Garden: Cornus controversa variegata and Cornus alternifolia argentea. Go down the main path and on your right you’ll see two […]

Sandwich man

What could be the connection between Mapperton and sandwiches? It’s all explained in a little illustrated book called ‘Sandwich Man’ which is now available in our shop. In a word, it was John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was the first to be seen eating a ‘Sandwich’ in a coffee house in St […]

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ now out, ground elder too (alas!)

Lady Sandwich writes: Another rose this week, out at the moment. Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, the yellow banksian rose, is an enormous climber from China introduced here in 1824. She’ll climb any large tree, clothing it in soft pale yellow spays of flowers. Named after an 18th century Lady Banks, wife of the great botanist and […]