Paradise is a Rose Garden – Mottisfont Abbey

This garden is on my bucket list of gardens to visit. What gardens have you visited and would recommend?

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The Rose Gardens at Mottisfont Abbey

The gardens at Mottisfont Abbey are a year-round attraction. However, during June, when their unrivalled collection of Old-fashioned roses fills two (well, almost three) walled gardens with scent and dazzle the eyes with colour. It is an unforgettable experience.

These roses have a historical importance beyond their beauty. They were collected by the late Graham Stuart Thomas, plantsman, writer, artist, photographer and rosarian par excellance. GST was Gardens Adviser to the National Trust from 1955 to 1974 and a major influence on many of Britains’s great gardens. Mottisfont is the most complete example of his work that survives intact.

He not only established a comprehensive collection of pre-1900 shrub roses during the 1970s, but also displayed them in what was then an innovative fashion, With an artist’s eye and consummate knowledge, GST planned a garden that would combine roses with a mix of…

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About RedneckRosarian

For Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian", growing roses has become a passion. An American Rose Society Accredited Consulting Rosarian, Chris is an active member of the Birmingham Rose Society and most recently served two terms as President. He is a member of the American Rose Society serving on the Marketing and Membership committees. His writing appears at, on his popular blog, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. Creator and host of Rose Chat Radio, the only broadcast dedicated to growing roses, Chris is a tireless advocate of our national floral emblem; the rose. He and his wife tend a rose garden of over 150 roses just south of Birmingham, Alabama.
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5 Responses to Paradise is a Rose Garden – Mottisfont Abbey

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  2. I am so excited to be going to Mottisfontor the Heritage Rose Foundation conference in a little less than two weeks! I have heard so much about the place, and other British gardens … I feel as if I should pinch myself to make sure that I’m not dreaming.


  3. Michael says:

    Wonderful Blog. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing your roses with us.
    Michael R., Wanabe Rose Breeder, Columbia, SC


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