History of the gardens
Mottisfont’s land has been shaped and cultivated since the days of the 13th-century priory. However, it was really the Mill family, Georgian landowners, who laid the framework for today’s garden, with its extensive pleasure grounds, riverside walks and fine trees.
Great garden designers
Lindsay, whose commissions ranged from quiet English manor gardens to royal residencies, designed the box-edged parterre in front of the house. She took her inspiration from a piece of Tudor glass, which no longer exists.
Jellicoe was an architect, town planner, landscape architect and garden designer. Jellicoe planned the pleached lime walk to the north of the house. This formal passage of trees evokes the architecture of the priory’s cloister, demolished long ago.
Graham Stuart Thomas
Choosing Mottisfont, he worked with the team here in 1972 and 1973 to build a garden of old roses underplanted with outstanding herbaceous perennials to bring scent and colour from spring to autumn.