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‘A Garden…is the Purest of Human Pleasure. It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man’
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
There’s always something to see at Mottisfont and I’m lucky that the garden is close to where I live. At this time of year, the Winter Garden is at its best – the wonderful blue of the iris against the white bark of birch trees.
Berries of skimmia as well as the flowers of bergenia and hellebores brighten up the dullest of days. Other plants to look out for are periwinkle, daphne, wintersweet, viburnum, witchhazel and early spring bulbs.
Incorporating the earlier monastic buildings into a house, Sir William Sandys built Mottisfont in sixteenth century. In the twentieth century the house and garden were restored and the property was given to the National Trust in 1957. The gardens include the National Collection of ancestral species and nineteenth century rose cultivars in the Walled Garden as well as the Winter Garden and the recently restored Kitchen Garden.
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