Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

An imminent visit due for 2014 – and they are open later into the evening, but see the National Trust website for further details. An opportunity to see the best collection of Old Roses anywhere in the country. Superlative!

The Teddington Gardener

A joint visit today, back to Mottisfont Abbey and on to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. This Mottisfont photo gallery taken on a rather damp 21st June last year but looking superb. April cold and then lots of rain held back the flowering of the mostly once-blooming rose collection (the main show was all over by the end of May in 2011 apparently). A superlative collection of 800+ Old Roses and the lasting collection of Graham Stuart Thomas. They now have a Winter Garden and the House always seems to have an interesting exhibition. See

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will be new to me though I understand their well established Winter Garden is second to none.

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