Enchanting garden set in a sheltered valley
Set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders.
New in 2015 come and see our Turf Maze
Surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house this 20th-century garden is experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme to take advantage of its southerly location.
Other surprises include a young olive grove, a small organic kitchen garden and a traditional tea garden set alongside The Shack, a unique cabin retreat designed as their summer drawing office by architects John Seely (2nd Lord Mottistone) and Paul Paget.
There are also delightful walks across the adjoining Mottistone Estate.
Here are some of the things that children can see and enjoy at Mottistone Gardens.
Hidden around the garden are nine flowerpot people with names such as Nanny McPea, Indiana Hose and Captain Jack Marrow, all suggested by previous visitors.
One of the most popular, Allium Titchmarsh, was launched by his namesake in 2009. Once they’ve all been found, children can draw and name their own flowerpot person who may then appear in the garden the following year.
Garden discovery trail
There’s a lot to see in our garden and, using this free trail, children may make some surprising discoveries.
Hide and seek
The shrub-filled banks toward the top of the garden are the ideal place for a game of hide-and-seek in a safe and secure environment.