BOTANICAL exhibitions are set to be held at Mottisfont this year.

Plants Portrayed and For the Time Being will be held from May 4 to July 7 while A Good Year for the Roses by The Caravan Gallery will run from March until June 30.

The first is a selection of 34 original contemporary botanical illustrations from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Mottisfont’s exhibition showcases intricately detailed and colourful illustrations of flowers, leaves and trees – including some varieties that visitors will find out in the grounds, such as sweet chestnut.

The exhibition includes work by Pandora Sellars - one of the world’s most important and influential botanical painters - and her former student Masumi Yamanaka, now a renowned artist in her own right.

Plants Portrayed also includes works by Lucy Smith, Christabel King, Margaret Stones, Andrew Brown, Joanna Langhorne, Rachel Pedder-Smith and Ann Farrer.

Meanwhile, For the Time Being showcases ceramic compositions, prints and artist books from a one-year residency by Hampshire-based artists Suna Imre and Eileen White. Suna and Eileen visited Mottisfont and the wider estate together from autumn 2017 to 2018 to develop their respective practices. Their choice of materials and processes creates a narrative about time, place and the beauty of nature within the cycle of decay and renewal.

A Good Year for the Roses is an outdoor exhibition of quirky, colourful portraits taken by The Caravan Gallery in Mottisfont’s famous rose gardens during the summers of 2017 and 2018. The Caravan Gallery is a collaboration between artists and photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale who photograph the reality and surreality of everyday life.

Plants Portrayed and For The Time Being will be on display in the gallery which opens at 11am and closes at 5pm.

A Good Year for the Roses is on display in the Beech Circle.

Normal property admission price only. Free for National Trust members.