Summer garden highlights at Chartwell

Churchill once said "a day away from Chartwell is a day wasted". Take a gentle stroll around the gardens and we're sure you'll agree with the famous man. There's so much to see at Chartwell, from ponds to rose gardens and lakes to orchards. We've listed the summer highlights for you below to help you make the most of the sunny season.

Pink roses under blue skies with Chartwell in the distance

Roses in bloom at Chartwell

Roses have long been associated with the Churchill's and their family home, Chartwell in Kent. With a walled rose garden alive with colour and a separate rose avenue bursting with fragrance, it's not hard to see why. Uncover the history and romance behind these areas on your next visit to find out why the rose garden was Clementine's favourite place.

Apples in the orchard

Apple orchard

Branches laden with a bountiful crop of juicy red-green apples tumble temptingly from the trees in our orchard - a reward for our gardeners judicious pruning. The majority of these are cooking apples and our favourite variety is of course the 'Winston' apple, so-named because, like the great man himself, these apples can weather a storm. We kindly ask you do not pick our apples as they will soon be gathered up ready for juicing.

Rows of pink and white flowers in the Walled Garden against bright blue skies

Cut flower bed

Head down to the Walled Garden in the late summer as the flowers keep summer alive. Not to be missed are the quintessential dahlias which come out in force at this time of year in a whole range of colour and designs. Look out for these flowers as you go around the house; our volunteers make lovely floral displays.

Dahlias in bloom at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Dahlias

Dahlias have been grown at Chartwell since the Churchills' day; several cultivars in the cut flower area today have been grown here since the 1930s-40s, while others descend from the 1960s.

Rows of bright sunflower heads against a blue sky

Sunny sunflowers

Enjoy rows of this quintessentially summer flower, the sunflower. Growing down in our Walled Garden, these large and cheerful flowers are sure to bring a smile even on the rainy days.

Lake view of the house at Chartwell, family home of Churchill and a National Trust property in Kent

Picnic by the lake 

Make the most of the last of the summer sun by spreading out a blanket and munching on a delicious picnic by the lakes. Take in the view across the water and hillside and we guarantee you'll understand why Churchill fell in love with this property.

Buddleia bush with painted lady butterflies

Butterfly heaven 

Overlooking the apple orchard you'll find a flower border just exploding with colour and wildlife. Buddleia lines the pathway, creating a sanctuary for the winged creatures as you approach Churchill's butterfly house. Over in the Walled Garden, the last of the roses line the Golden Rose Avenue and the waft of lavender here entices bees and butterflies alike.