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.

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

Picnics By The Lakes 

Enjoy the sunshine the British way by bringing along a blanket and a picnic to eat alongside the lakes at Chartwell. Enjoy the summer breeze and admire the black swans gracefully gliding across the waters as you enjoy an outdoor meal. Why not pick up some food to go from our Landemare cafe?

Lavender and penstemon flourishing in the borders at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Summer Colour

Around every corner at Chartwell you will find bursts of summer colour. The borders lining the top terrace of the kitchen garden and the orchard are looking particularly colourful, filled with pinks and purples and lovely scents. The lilies are blooming, the weigela looks fantastic so make sure you take the time to admire the summer borders at Chartwell.

The cut flower bed at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Cut Flower Bed

Pop into the kitchen garden to find the cut flower bed springing into life. The flowers grown here will go on display in the house, much like they did when the Churchill family lived here. We still grow many of Clementine Churchill's favourite flowers, such as yellow marigolds.

The golden rose avenue at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

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.

Lilac in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Lilac Flowers

This unusual lilac flowers its socks off every year in early summer, bearing gorgeous lavender-pink panicles which, like the common lilac, are heavily scented. Look out for these blooming flowers around the steps leading down to the orchard.

Summer blooms in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Summer Pickings

Artichokes, gooseberries and runner beans are just a few of the many foods to be growing in our kitchen garden. During the summer months the fruit and vegetable beds turn a luscious green as the produce gets ready to be picked and taken to the café to be made into delicious meals. The cut flower bed is awash with an array of rainbow colours that are pleasing to the eye. Look out for these flowers as you go around the house; our volunteers make lovely floral displays.

Plants Of The Month

Discover more summer colour by downloading our leaflet, including a map of where to find the best colour and plants in the Chartwell garden.

The house at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Gardens at Chartwell

Explore the garden at Chartwell in Kent with its home-grown produce in the kitchen garden, rose walk, lakes and so much more. See the spot where Churchill used to sit and feed his golden orfe, and discover the wall he built with his own hands.