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 and whilst a rose garden did already exist at Chartwell before the family bought the house, it was under their residence that the roses truly blossomed.
Lady Clementine's Rose Garden
Recreating the garden
The Golden Rose Avenue
Running through the centre of the walled 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, along with a beautiful album of golden rose paintings that can be viewed in the Dining room.
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.
The roses will be in their second year of flowering in 2017 so whilst they may be a little smaller than usual, they will be no less beautiful.