The Mansion

Discover our Elizabethan Mansion, containing a gallery of botanical paintings and housing a range of events throughout the year.

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Just a short walk from the Visitor Centre, the Mansion is surrounded by floral borders and overlooks the dramatic Mansion pond.  

The Mansion was purchased by Gerald Loder in 1903. Gerald (who later became Lord Wakehurst) was a passionate plantsman and helped sponsor many collecting expeditions at the turn of the century, particularly to eastern Asia, still acknowledged to be the world’s richest source of temperate flora. He was particularly interested in Southern Hemisphere plants and built up an outstanding collection from South America, Australia and New Zealand. 

Sir Henry and Lady Eve Price bought the property after Lord Wakehurst’s death in 1936. Sir Henry was passionate about plants and under his care the estate matured and became widely admired. 

In 1963 the Price family bequeathed Wakehurst and a large endowment to the National Trust. The house and the land were leased to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1965.  

A little bit of history  

A location with medieval roots, the land on which the Mansion was built was purchased in 1205 by William de Wakehurst, who bought 40 acres of the surrounding countryside. 

Centuries later, Edward Culpeper commissioned the design of the Mansion in 1590. Edward was a distant relative of one of the last two women in the Wakehurst line and the famous herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. 

Ducks gliding on the Mansion pond

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