Mount Ephraim Gardens
Mount Ephraim Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, with plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten acres of gardens, set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale and Thames Estuaries.
Whether you choose to enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese gardens, take on the challenge of the wildflower and grass maze or just relax on the Edwardian tea room terrace, Mount Ephraim gardens have the power to charm you all.
Mount Ephraim Gardens are home to an extensive collection of spring bulbs, trees and shrubs including Rhododendrons, many types of Camelias and Magnolias. Visitors can experience the sight of the Millennium Rose Garden in full bloom and the intoxicating colours and scents in mid summer. The unique 'Miz Maze' creation, planted with ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials is something to look forward to as the days get shorter with its dancing grasses and dramatic swirls of wild flowers, which are alive with pollinating insects and wildlife best seen as the summer draws to a close.
Mount Ephraim has been home to the Dawes Family for over 300 years and is a lasting monument to a more graceful and leisurely age. Every time of year at Mount Ephraim Gardens brings it own distinctive pleasures. Enjoy simple pleasures in life at Mount Ephraim Gardens with a wonderful atmosphere of peace and charm that have offered visitors a tranquil escape for many years.
The gardens were laid out in the early 1900s, but after wartime neglect were substantially restored by Mary and Bill Dawes from the early 1950s. Mary Dawes was involved in the day-to-day running of the gardens until she sadly passed away in 2009, at the grand age of 93. Mount Ephraim has never been a 'professionally' maintained garden, but Mary had always lovingly tended it. Although comparatively small, Mount Ephraim has a personal charm so often lost in larger gardens.
Today, the gardens continue to be cared for by two full time gardeners and some occasional part time and volunteer help under the instruction of Lesley Dawes, who has taken over the overall management of the gardens from her Mother-in-Law. Although not a trained gardener or horticulturalist, Lesley has lived at Mount Ephraim for 25 years and has a great love for the gardens and the willingness and energy to take forward the legacy that Mary has left behind.
Please check these times before visiting.
The Garden Season commences on Easter Sunday and draws to a close on 30 September. The gardens are open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Bank Holidays.
Earliest admission time .... 11am
Last admission time ......... 5pm
Out of season: You are still welcome to enjoy Mount Ephraim out of season but please note the tea rooms are not open and the gardens are at their best in the spring and summer months. If no one is available to take your entrance fee please use the honesty box.
You are welcome to bring along a picnic and dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead. For more information please call 01227 751496 but please remember this is a family run business and this line will not always be answered.
Mount Ephraim Gardens
Tel: 01227 751496
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015