It’s all about the petals

June is a beautiful time of year to stay in the New Forest. The forest itself has stunning scenery and everything is coming into full bloom.

Garden lovers have just seen the fabulous displays at RHS Chelsea flower show and will no doubt have appreciated all the amazing florals used.

In the New Forest we have a number of lovely gardens to visit. Here I have chosen 3 of our favourites.

These beautiful places are all within 40 minutes of the Cottage Lodge. You can spend a peaceful morning or blissful afternoon admiring the luscious scenery.

Mottisfont’s rose garden

Owned by the National Trust Mottisfont Abbey & gardens near Romsey are home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses.

These roses are very special. Unlike modern roses, these ones only bloom once a year.

The best time to visit there is in late May – June and you’ll be met with unsurpassed fragrance and colour from thousands of flowers. The gardens are open from 9am every day in June.

The New Forest Lavender farm

Thoughtfully and lovingly planted in recent years around an area of established lavender, the Gardener of this quintessentially English Garden has introduced a range of unusual and favourite herbaceous and annual plants.

So take your time to have a wander along the grass pathways and be intrigued by flowers that you may not have seen before.

Step back and admire the thousands of plants grown from seeds and hand sown each spring.

Enjoy a stroll around themed gardens including the White Garden, Dahlia Borders, the Pink Rose Garden and the Prairie plants found by the recently constructed clay lined pond. Find areas with perennials planted en masse and others with individual specimens in mixed borders.

Inhale and breathe in the sweet, calming lavender perfumed air.

Be entranced by the visual effect of the deep purple blooms.
Open Wednesday to Sunday:
10.00am – 4.30pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (including bank holidays)

Furzey gardens

Furzey Gardens is an informal woodland garden nestled in a tranquil New Forest setting, full of dozens of fairy doors to enchant visitors of all ages.

The garden is well known for its riotous floral colours and stunning autumn leaves.

The peaceful 10 acre woodland gardens includes dozens of intriguing fairy doors, a play area, a lake with duck house, a 16th century thatched cottage, they have recreated a gold medal winning RHS Chelsea show garden, lovely tea rooms and even plant sales,a perfect outing for all!

The thatched tea rooms are the perfect place to meet with friends.

The gardens are run by local charity Minstead Trust, providing training and work experience.

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