Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

View towards fountain and bench in the rose garden in June at Mottisfont, Hampshire. Rosa 'Adélaïde d'Orléans' on the arches

Don’t miss this internationally famous rose garden, usually at its best in June. Inside the large walled garden the sight and scent of over 500 varieties of beautiful, old fashioned roses in full bloom is breathtaking.

The nucleus of the collection belonged to Graham Stuart Thomas, the Trust’s first gardens advisor. He designed the rose garden here in the early 1970s to house his collection. Many of these old varieties would have been lost to cultivation without his dedication and passion. 
 
The roses that flower here are full-petaled, highly scented with soft blush colours from crimson to palest pink.