Now that the days are getting particularly foggy and a bit chilly, it can seem like the activity of gardening during the busy days of summer is a distant dream. But this time of year can also be a great chance to seek inspiration in books, exhibitions and talks, ready to give fuel to your plans for the garden next year.

mottisfontWith that in mind, don’t miss out on the current exhibition at Mottisfont National Trust property in Hampshire. This new exhibition, created for and inspired by Mottisfont, showcases a range of artworks including sculpture, paintings, drawings and prints by a contemporary group called the Arborealists.

The tradition of using trees as metaphores and symbols in artwork is seen throughout British art history, with notable examples including David Hockney and English landscape artist John Constable.

This new work by the Arborealists builds on that tradtion, and includes detailed pencil drawings of root systems, colourful autumnal images andmottisfont plane inticately carved wooden sculpture; it offers a chance to engage with plants and trees in a different way, seeing new details and ideas through the artists’ eyes.

Mottisfont is also home to the largest plane tree in the country – it’s worth a visit just to see this ancient giant.

To find out more see the link for Mottisfont HERE. Current admission prices apply, but the exhibition is free to visitors once inside the grounds. For entry fees see HERE.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont