Yesterday I headed down the M3 to another National Trust house for a wander around Mottisfont Abbey and gardens, with Annie. I knew nothing of either the house or garden, but having now read the guide book I really do recommend you go and visit. The place is steeped history, people have lived there for over 800 years when it began life as an Augustinian Monesterary in the 12 century. The dissolution of the monasteries saw it converted to a private house. Mottisfont was given to William Sandys, the same Lord Chamberlain of Henry VIII who also owned The Vyne just a few miles away.
I will write about the house next week because there are some glorious things to share but this post is about the garden, it being How Does Your Garden Grow Day and all that.
There is a walled garden, a rose garden, a garden of fine trees, a winter garden and “pleasure grounds”. Acres of beautiful outdoor space that really lend themselves to you wandering, getting lost, having a picnic and generally forgetting the outside world for an hour or two.
Next week for half term there is all sorts going on so do look at this link if you are planning a visit: Half Term at Mottisfont
And in July there is going to be a super exciting Beatrix Potter exhibition that I will share in my post next week.
Now I just need to remember what all the plants are called I guess!
Do come back next week when I share pictures from the house on Window Wednesday