A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

Paradise is a Rose Garden – Mottisfont Abbey

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…

Ma Perkins, Mme Caroline Testout, Constance Spry, D T Poulson, Belle Isis, Dainty Maid, Mary Rose, Baroness Rothschild, Chaucer, Mme de Tartas, Lady Mary Fitzwilliam and Duchesse de Montebello – all related to David Austin’s brother-in-law…

 Ma Perkins, Mme Caroline Testout, Constance Spry, Belle Isis, Dainty Maid, DT Poulson, Mme de Tartas, Lady Fitzwilliam, Mary Rose, Baroness Rothschild, Chaucer and Duchesse de Montebello - all parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, great aunts or great uncles - or cousins - of LD Braithwaite - who is David Austin's brother in law! Confused, you will be:…