Things to see and do at Mottistone Gardens
The tranquil gardens at Mottistone are well known for their colourful borders but there's far more to explore too. Banks covered with wildflowers in the spring shelter the gardens and unusual plants thrive despite a lack of water.
Colourful herbaceous borders
Tranquil rose garden
New plants for our changing climate
More to explore....
Most people will head to the borders, but beyond them lie plenty of other corners of the gardens to discover.
The organic kitchen garden
Featuring accessible pathways and raised beds, the organic kitchen garden has changing planting that varies through the seasons. From the first new potatoes of the year, to sweet raspberries in early autumn, there’s always something different to see. 'Companion planting' is used to deter pests and instead of artificial fertilisers the hungry soil is fed with farmyard manure and compost. You can get a taste of the gardens too as, whenever possible, we use the freshly picked fruits and vegetables in dishes we make for the tea garden.
Towards the rear of the gardens is the orchard. Often quieter than the herbaceous borders, it makes a relaxing space to unwind in or watch little ones run around on the grassy lawn. In spring, the avenue of trees blossom with confetti-like petals and in summer the fruits start to hang low from laden branches. Head to the very back of the orchard and you’ll find quiet benches to sit on amongst the tall trees whose leaves gently rustle in the breeze. From here a network of footpaths criss-cross the Mottistone Estate too.
Wildflower banks and sea views
High wildflower banks border the orchard. In spring a carpet of narcissi and bluebells cover the slopes and in summer ox eye daisies dance and bob in the breeze.
From the lower gardens, paths meander up through these shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces to the garden's higher levels. If you sit on one of the benches here, you’ll see views of the gardens, village and sea beyond and spy butterflies flitting between the flowers and grasses.
In summer, the gully provides a welcome spot of shade to escape to and in early spring it comes alive with colour as the vivid pink azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and hellebores flower.
If you’d like to know more about the gardens are how we look after them, you can pick up a guide book for a small fee from Visitor Reception.