As you drink in the glory and greenery of Mount Stewart’s gardens, its creator’s nickname begins to make a little more sense. Known to her friends as Circe the Sorceress, Lady Edith was gifted with green-fingered talents right out of a fairytale – and the enchantment she cast here at the turn of the 20th century is still alive today.
“Edith saw the garden as a vehicle for her artistic expression,” explains Neil Porteous, general manager of Mount Stewart. “It’s full of iconographic references and allegories. There’s a lot of playful fun and lighthearted realism.”
Although mistress of no fewer than three stately homes, it was at Mount Stewart that the Marchioness of Londonderry allowed her personality to truly flourish, creating an oasis of colour and contrast that delighted her well-to-do visitors.