Donate to Mount Stewart's gardens

An aerial view of the Italian garden © Marleen de Kramer

An aerial view of the Italian garden

The unique gardens and whimsical statuary at Mount Stewart are showing their age. We need your help to restore them to their former glory.

The gardens at Mount Stewart, located on the shores of Strangford Lough, County Down, created by Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry in the 1920s and 1930s, are famed around the world for their grandeur and the bold planting schemes of many rare and tender plants.

The gardens' colourful botanical treasures capture the imagination and excite the senses. They are a living, breathing masterpiece and utterly unique, due to Lady Londonderry’s vision and the unusual microclimate of the site. She introduced a stunning array of original plants, creating a wonderful collection of North American, Asiatic and southern hemisphere species, many of them rarely seen growing outdoors in the British Isles.

Maintenance and repair

Edith’s idea of garden sculpture was unique, quirky and fun. This distinctive statuary and hard-landscaping are an essential element of the gardens, framing views, providing backdrops and supports for plants, and a firm surface to walk on.

Years of upheaval from root systems, frost damage and wear and tear, means that these features of the garden are now in need of maintenance and repair. With your support the orang-utan urns can continue to guard the gardens and to entertain future generations of children.

To this day, visitors to Mount Stewart are touched by Lady Londonderry’s vision, but the unique and vast collection of plants she created is also in need of conservation and refreshment from the plethora of new plant species available. With your help we can revitalise the collection to include newly discovered plants from North Vietnam, South Korea and Taiwan, in which Lady Londonderry would have been delighted.

Make a donation today to help support our work