Roses in bloom at Chartwell
Roses have long been associated with the Churchill's and their family home, Chartwell in Kent. The flower was a part of Winston and Clementine's love story from the very beginning after all. Every year the roses unfurl across the Golden Rose Avenue and Lady Clementine's Rose Garden, reaching their peak in mid-June but blossoming all summer long.
Lady Clementine's Rose Garden
Recreating the garden
The Golden Rose Avenue
Running through the centre of the walled kitchen garden is one of the most romantic features of Chartwell - the Golden Rose Avenue.
It dates from 1958, the year of Winston and Clementine's golden wedding anniversary. Their children had the idea of giving them a collection of golden-coloured standard roses to mark the occasion. A beautiful album of golden rose paintings accompanied the avenue; look out for it in the Dining room on your house visit.
A walk down the avenue is full of colour, sounds and fragrance, with nepeta (catmint) adorning the borders and garden birds making the hedges home.
A vintage quality
In the years since 1958 many of the original roses died away and were subsequently replaced by modern varieties of golden roses.
Our gardeners decided it was time to go back to the old ways and in 2015 they begun the task of taking out the moden roses and replacing them with the original vintage varieties detailed in the Churchill's album of paintings.
One classic variety not to be missed is the masquerade rose. Blooming in a sensational yellow hue, the petals turn pink to red as the flower ages over summer.