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Mapperton Gardens

Mapperton is one of the most important and distinctive gardens in the country. Registered Grade II*, it is among a handful of the top gardens in the south west. Its gardens are famous for their romantic setting, their varied planting and their sense of tranquillity.

Tucked into a steep north-south combe, the gardens descend from the very formal topiary gardens and Orangery to the north to an arboretum, beyond which the land unfolds in small, steep valleys and headlands down to the sea five miles away.

The Red Wall Border at Mapperton Gardens

At the northern end lies the Fountain Court, an Italianate garden of stone, grass, topiary and water. It is protected on both sides as well – on the east by a hillside with ornamental and native English hard woods, and on the west by two banks running down from the house and lawn.

Rectangular Pools flanked by Yew trees

South of the Fountain Court are two rectangular ponds on the north/south axis, flanked with tall clipped yew trees. To its east lies Daniell’s Garden, a shrub garden enclosing a secret garden behind it. Above the pools is a 17th century summer house. At their southern end a stone statue and a range of steps lead to the arboretum, and the Spring Garden.

The history of Mapperton Gardens falls into four main periods: the 17-19th century, the 1920s, the 1950-60s, and the present day.

Our new Guidebook is available to purchase from the Mapperton Shop

There is a wealth of information about each period’s garden, along with detailed planting notes, in our new Guidebook, which is available to purchase from the Mapperton Shop.


Cornuses in the Arboretum
Red Wall Border in full bloom
Wisteria on the pergola
A wide view of the rectangular pool facing north
The pocket handkerchief tree
Wisteria on the north stable block
Aerial view of the rectangular ponds leading down to the Arboretum
The march of the yew trees
The Orangery basking in sunshine
Acer palmatum ablaze orange in autumn
Aerial view above the pergola, looking north to the Fountain Court
View of the yews and rectangular pools facing south-east
A misty morning in autumn
Reflecting pool in late summer
Gardener tending to the borders at Mapperton Gardens
The yews flank the rectangular pools
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