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 […]

Rosa Niphetos and a plague of dandelions

Lady Sandwich writes: This week I’ll focus on just two things: a special rose in the Orangery and dandelions! The rose in the Orangery is rosa Niphetos, often called the Wedding Rose and very popular in 19th century wedding bouquets. She’s a French tea rose, introduced in 1889, with blousy white flowers and a delicate […]

New York Times article surveys Hardy country, including Mapperton

  The New York Times today published a long feature in the travel section covering the author’s meander through West Dorset, from Lulworth Cove to Lyme Regis via the Cerne Abbas Giant and Mapperton Gardens. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/travel/on-englands-coast-thomas-hardy-made-his-world.html?_r=0#

Far from the Madding Crowd released nationwide today

Far From the Madding Crowd, the film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy, is released today in cinemas across the UK.  While Carey Mulligan plays the role of Bathsheba, the true star is of course Mapperton, which was turned into the location of Everdene Farm.  Scoring 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has been mostly […]

Sunday Times: Mapperton is the real star of Far from the Madding Crowd

Mapperton features in a long article published today in the Home section of the Sunday Times, which can found by following this link: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/homes_and_gardens/gardening/article1547769.ece    

Mapperton was turned into a farmyard in Far from the Madding Crowd

Mapperton’s elegant front courtyard was turned into a mud-caked 19th century farmyard for the filming of Far From the Madding Crowd, which is released in cinemas on 1 May.  “The whole thing was turned into a complete swamp, all earth and stone,” reveals Lady Sandwich in an article in the Sunday Times today.  “They put a heavy […]

House opens for both Bank Holiday Mondays in May

Don’t miss your chance to visit this delightful manor house when it opens by guided tour to the public on the afternoons of Monday 4th and 25th May. Our knowledgeable guides will bring its history to life and give you an insight into Mapperton today.  Booking advisable – please call 01308 862645 or email office@mapperton.com.