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Mount Ephraim Gardens shortlisted for Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award

Swale Tourism
9th May 2022


Mount Ephraim Gardens, near Faversham, is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Historic Houses Garden of the Year 2022 Award. They are calling on the people of Kent to get behind them and vote for the only garden in the county to be shortlisted this year.

The Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award launched in 1984, and run in conjunction with Christie’s auction house, has gone from strength to strength over the years with over ten thousand votes cast in the 2021 competition. Shortlisted entries are chosen from among the hundreds of gardens, parks, and grounds that offer free entry to members of Historic Houses, the association that represents and supports the UK’s independent historic homes, castles, and gardens.

Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses: “Once again, our Garden of the Year Award celebrates the very best gardens from across the UK…We are very excited to launch this public vote, at the start of what we hope will be a very successful year for open gardens. The award shines a welcome spotlight on our national passion for horticulture – so we encourage everyone to take a look at the shortlist and cast their vote.”

Mount Ephraim Gardens, is most well-known for their spectacular ten-acre Edwardian gardens featuring a topiary garden, rock and water garden, arboretum and rose garden. They also have a fabulous grass maze, planted with ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials, and are home to an extensive collection of spring bulbs, trees and shrubs including Rhododendrons, many types of Camelias and Magnolias.

Ursula Cholmeley, Chair of the Historic Houses Gardens Committee says: “The Garden of the Year Award recognises the beauty and quality of independent historic gardens – often still those of family-owned homes. The contemporary spirit of our great country houses is reflected in gardens in which each generation of inhabitants makes their mark and leaves a legacy for the future. These evolving gardens are amongst the finest in the country and we hope that you will get great pleasure from visiting some of these gardens and voting for your favourite.”

Mount Ephraim is a privately owned family estate which has been home to the Dawes family for over 300 years and are members of Historic Houses. The gardens also boast the West Wing Tea Rooms offering delicious afternoon and cream teas overlooking the stunning topiary and herbaceous border.

Lucy Dawes, family member and Operations Manager at Mount Ephraim says: “We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for this Award alongside some beautiful gardens across the country. We really hope that everyone living locally in Swale, and indeed across Kent, will get behind us and vote for us to win the Garden of the Year Award. You don’t have to be a Historic Houses member to vote, and if you’ve not been before, it’s just £7 per adult to visit, and we are open on Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays until 2nd October.

Vote for us online now at

For more information on the gardens please visit or call 01227 751496. To cast your vote visit

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