The Rose Garden at Basildon Park
One of the Iliffe’s additions to the pleasure grounds was the Rose Garden. The team at Basildon Park are still in the process of restoring it, but it provides beautiful sights and scents as you wander around it.
History of the Rose Garden
In the 1960s Lady Iliffe created the Rose Garden with advice from Lanning Roper, a well-known American garden consultant. It contained a mix of old roses, peonies and spring bulbs when it was originally created.
Sadly by 2011 perennial weeds had begun to take their toll on the mature rose garden. It was decided to clear the garden, rest and refresh the soil, and replant the garden with old roses replicating Lady Iliffe’s original design.
Visting the garden
Wander around the back of the mansion to explore the Rose garden, and the rest of the pleasure grounds. There are plenty of summer flowers bursting with colour and scent for you to enjoy.
Buy some roses
Head to the shop in the Stableyard to purchase some Roses of your own. They will be stocking some of the Roses you can see in the pleasure grounds, so you can create a little bit of the garden for yourself at home.