Robert Kennett Garden Designer

Garden design and landscaping from RHS Gold medal winner
Telephone: 01747 858215

A design for National Trust property Mottisfont Abbey

I have reached the final in a competition to redesign the frameyard at National Trust property Mottisfont Abbey. 

My proposals involve bringing together the key productive elements of the Frameyard with the main motifs of Mottisfont Abbey, namely water and roses.

A four foot wide water rill leads to a dramatic central pool with water cascading down overlapping layers of rock designed to mirror the opening petals of a rose. The garden's main areas are a nuttery featuring multi-stem cobnuts underplanted with a tapestry of spring bulbs; a central vibrant zone with edible plants used for foliage and flower and used in combinations designed to offer natural/biological pest control; a cutting garden with sweet pea and chocolate vine tunnels; and an exotic planting zone behind free-standing panels of glass that reflect the old greenhouses that once resided here.

Innovative planting blurs the line between productive and oramental plants and invites visitors to reflect on how these plants are used within their own garden. 

A video tour of the garden can be seen here: