Autumn Plant Fair

Autumn Plant Fair – Sunday 16 September 2018

Our Autumn Plant Fair at Mapperton is a must for keen gardeners.

More than 30 specialist nurseries and garden-related stands from throughout the south-west will offer an unusual and wide choice of herbaceous plants, shrubs and gifts.

Sunday 16 September, from 10am to 4pm. Entry to the Plant Fair is £3. Shared proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

The Sawmill Cafe will be open for refreshments.

Autumn Charity Garden Fair at Mapperton on Sunday 20 September

DSCN1127Mapperton’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.  This includes entry to the Garden Fair and Mapperton Gardens and a donation to Yeovil Hospital (Scanner Appeal).

There will be over 25 stalls of specialist nurseries, and garden and other gifts suitable for Christmas presents from the South and West of England.

For more details please contact Franchesca Dening on 01935 424724 or by e-mail on

Star musicians playing at Mapperton concerts on 12 September and 2 October

Four internationally acclaimed musicians are to perform at two concerts this autumn in All Saints Church, beside Mapperton House.  In the first concert on 12th September tenor Mark Padmore will sing Dowland and Schubert, accompanied by guitarist Morgan Szymanski, and on 2nd October Steven Isserlis will play three Bach sonatas accompanied by Maggie Cole on the harpsichord.  

We are sorry that the Steven Isserlis concert is now full. 

To book tickets for Mark Padmore on 12th September please call 01308 862 645 or email

Saturday 12th September 2015 7.00pm

Mark Padmore and Morgan Szymanski

Mark Padmore after a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, graduated with an honours degree in music. Now he has a flourishing career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions are famous especially his performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.

Morgan Szymanski is described as ‘a player destined for future glories’ and has been highlighted as ‘One to Watch’ by both Gramophone Magazine and the BBC Music Magazine. Featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine, Morgan Szymanski was recently selected as a finalist for the ‘Outstanding Young Artist Award’.


DOWLAND:  Come ye heavy states of night
DOWLAND:  Come again, sweet love
DOWLAND:  Now, O now I needs must part
ROTH:  The Unicorn in the Garden (guitar solo)
ROTH:  My Lute and I (words by Thomas Wyatt)


SCHUBERT:  Heidenröslein
SCHUBERT:  Des Fischersliebesglück
SCHUBERT:  Der Jüngling an der Quelle  
TIPPETT:  Songs for Achilles
ROTH:  Chinese Gardens (words by Vikram Seth)
ROTH:  Lights Out (words by Edward Thomas)                       

Friday 2nd October 2015 7.00pm

Steven Isserlis and Maggie Cole

Steven Isserlis is famous worldwide for his musicianship and interpretation. A British cellist, he enjoys a vastly distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. ‘The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.’ Gramophone Magazine
Maggie Cole performs outstandingly on harpsichord, fortepiano and piano. As well as BBC Radio 3 and festivals, she has performed from Seattle to Moscow, from Finland to India. In addition to solo recitals – with Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ a speciality, she frequently performs with partners including Michael Chance counter and Steven Isserlis.


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027
I.          Allegro ma non tanto
II         Andante
III        Allegro moderato

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord Sonata in D Major BWV 1028
I.          Adagio
II.        Allegro
III.       Andante
IV.       Allegro

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord in G Minor BWV 1029
I.          Vivace
II.        Adagio
III.       Allegro

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 gardens. We have lots of the viticella type: they are easy to prune (lop ‘em down to 18 inches in March), provide lots of colour as the roses go over and are easy to grow. One of the best is Polish Spirit on the grey wall just left of the big lawn; another is Black Prince in the front courtyard. Clematis viticella alba luxurians, white flowers with dashes of green, is by the garage. I think it’s in the wrong place. Comments please on our Facebook page. What do you think? Shall I root it out?


We grow other types including lots of different clematis montana, now over and pruned. You can see the pruning right up the house. There’s clematis armandii, an early scented evergreen clematis to the right of the Orangery. And it’s named after – guess who? Pere David Armand, the same French missionary after whom davidia involucrata is named (see my previous entry) and who discovered the Giant Panda.

Then there are the herbaceous clematis, like clematis tubulosa ‘Wyevale’; there’s yellow clematis flammula, the huge, rampant, autumn flowering clematis rehderiana, and its similar rampant friend on the pergola, a garden variant of clematis vitalba (Old Man’s Beard). We have a couple of the elegant clematis texensis particularly ‘Gravetye Beauty’ on the grey wall. You won’t find many large flowered clematis because they are difficult to prune and temperamental to us. But ‘Nelly Moser’ is around in the front; and another Nelly by the East Grotto faces purple clematis x jackmanii climbing the West Grotto and twining with rosa ‘Mme Alfred Carriere’.