Magnificent Mottisfont

Mottisfont is a relatively small village nestled in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, approximately 7km north west of Romsey. It is best known as the location of Mottisfont Abbey, now owned by the National Trust.

The unusual name is probably derived from the Old English ‘motes funta’ meaning ‘spring near the confluence’ or ‘spring of the moot’ or possibly ‘spring of the stone’.

Every June, the beautiful, old walled garden within the Abbey’s grounds becomes the focal point for visitors from across the globe as it plays host to a breathtaking collection of roses. Shrub, climber, rambler and more sit cheek by jowl amidst generously planted shrub and herbaceous borders.

Pergolas, trees, obelisks and the old walls of the garden positively burgeon with rose buds and flowers. Delightful clouds of heady scents assault the senses as you wander around the garden; with a potpourri of cloves, apples, lemons and violets vying for attention.


Author: Mike the Gardener

Freelance gardening writer, consultant and designer. Mike Palmer is a passionate and professional plantsman, offering services in garden writing, consultancy and garden design. Mike is also available for garden and plant related talks and presentations. Mike has been a professional horticulturalist for over fifteen years.

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