The Rose Garden

In 1939 Lord Fairhaven created the Rose Garden, a quintessential English feature of the gardens. From early June into October it produces a vibrant display of blooms and scent which is not to be missed.

The Rose Garden was built on the site of some dilapidated greenhouses, weed-ridden paths and abandoned vegetable borders.

In 1939, forty beds were dug and each was planted with a different variety of rose - some 1,000 bushes in all. Today we dig-up and replant two or three beds each year to keep the soil in perfect condition and the flower displays fresh and interesting.

Once the garden had been established, Lord Fairhaven placed early 18th-century lead statues of Apollo and Diana and a 19th-century bronze copy of Donatello's David in the garden to compliment the roses.

He also added four marble vases dating from the late 1720's by the eminent sculptors Laurent Delvaux and Peter Scheemakers. These vases were originally made for the long-demolished Wanstead House in Essex and were removed from the Rose Garden some years ago to protect them from weather damage. They are now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their place in the garden has been taken by detailed replicas of the original marble vases.

Many of the varieties on display in the Rose Garden are available in our Plant Centre, which is open daily, from 10am - 5.30pm (4.30pm in Winter).