This garden is on my bucket list of gardens to visit. What gardens have you visited and would recommend?
Originally posted on The Teddington Gardener:
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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