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Open Please see website for opening dates and times.


Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Near Beaminster

2 miles south-east of Beaminster.

15 acres

01308 862645

Visit website


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.


  • access
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The Earl & Countess of Sandwich

Mapperton's terraced valley gardens surround a Jacobean manor house. A walled croquet lawn leads down to the Orangery and Italianate formal garden with fountains, topiary and grottos. The lower garden contains a mature arboretum with specimen shrubs, rare trees and spring gardens. There are magnificent views and walks.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Waterlilies
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.