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 […]

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 […]