Snowdrops – they’re only tiny, but here at Mapperton we love them because they are one of the first signs of spring!
We want to share them on our two popular Snowdrop Sundays on 5 and 12 February 2017.
The humble Galanthus nivalis (that’s ancient Greek and Latin for milk-white flower of snow) is among the first of the flowers to show their face.
Come to the Gardens and see the carpet of white spreading under the beech trees and alongside the paths in the spring garden.
The daffodils should be on their way too and velvety buds are appearing on the trees.
Snowdrop Sundays – two chances to visit
The Gardens will be open from 11am to 4pm on each of the Snowdrop Sundays.
Admission is £4.50 for adults and under-16s can come in for free. Proceeds will support the National Gardens Scheme and Perennial, the gardeners’ charity.
Thanks to the volunteers from the National Gardens Scheme locally, tea, coffee and a wonderful array of cakes will be available in the cosy Sawmill Café.
Don’t miss the chance to see the back of winter and join us soon.
“All the snow will melt; the cold winds will be driven away; we shall rule; all will become green, and then you will have companions, syringas, laburnums, and roses; but you are the first, so graceful, so delicate!”
Extract from The Snowdrop, by Hans Christian Andersen.
Crowds of green-fingered gardeners made the recent charity Garden Fair at Mapperton House the most successful autumn fair yet.
Almost 1,000 plant fans attended the Fair on 18 September and a share of the proceeds will go to Oxfam.
More than 25 specialist nurseries took part alongside craft, garden gift and food stands.
Lady Sandwich said: “ We were delighted that so many people took advantage of a perfect day and came to the Fair, which was our most successful autumn sale so far.
“Over the years many charities, both local and national, have benefited from the spring and autumn fairs.
“People who came to the Fair stayed on to take a walk around the gardens gardens or joined a guided tour of the house and enjoyed refreshments in the Sawmill Café. We are very much looking forward to the next plant fair in April.”
Don’t forget that Mapperton House and Gardens are open to the public until the end of October. We look forward to seeing you.
Keen gardeners are in for a treat when they get the chance to visit Dorset’s largest charity specialist Plant Fair and spend a day discovering beautiful Mapperton House and Gardens.
This is the 17th year that Mapperton, near Beaminster, has hosted the Fair, being held this year on Sunday 10 April. The Earl and Countess of Sandwich have picked the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as the charity to benefit in 2016.
Special ticket price
Entry to the Plant Fair alone is £3. There is a special ticket price on the day of the fair of £6 for entry to Mapperton gardens, or £9 for the guided house tour and gardens; under 16s free.
More than 30 nurseries and garden-related stands will be displaying plants of all kinds as well as honey, cider, willowcraft, gifts, cards and garden ironware.
The Fair is open from 10am to 4pm and The Sawmill Café will be open for tea, coffee, home-baked cakes and light lunches.
The autumn plant fair at Mapperton will be held on Sunday 18 September.
More information at www.PlantFairs.com