Restoring the rose garden in Morden Hall Park
Restoring the rose garden is an important job. Over time, the soil in the rose beds has become rose sick and needs to be replaced. We are now busy clearing all the beds of dying roses, filling them with manure and replanting with rose varieties that were available in 1930, when the garden was originally planted by the donor of our park.
We’ll be spending the next few years restoring the rose garden to its full splendour as the funding becomes available. The beds where most of the roses are dying are being cleared all of bushes and soil. We then add manure down to 2ft, ready to receive new rose varieties which were available in the 1930s.
Many of the roses from 1930s have lost their vigour and are not suitable for planting in the rose garden. One family of roses which is still reliable is the group known as the Hybrid Musks, bred by the Reverend Joseph Pemberton and his gardener. We’ll be making good use of his roses, which are tough and vigorous, mostly scented and reliably repeat flowers.
We’re also attempting to revive beds of roses still in reasonable shape. The soil has become compacted which means that the roots cannot get enough oxygen or beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. We’re using careful cultivation techniques to feed the plants, improve soil structure and reduce disease.
We aim to adhere to an organic programme of feeding and pest control for the benefit of both the roses and also local bees and other wildlife.