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. Though our gardens aren’t looking as pristine as they normally would while many of our staff and volunteers have been away, there’s still plenty to see in the Chartwell gardens. We've listed the summer highlights for you below to help you make the most of the sunny season. Please follow our new one-way system around the garden including the new exit route.

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?

 Alstroemeria at Chartwell

Summer colour

Around every corner at Chartwell you will find bursts of summer colour. The borders lining the top terrace of the Walled Garden are looking particularly colourful, filled with pinks and oranges and lovely scents. The Dianthus and Achillea are blooming, the Alstroemeria and Gaura look fantastic so make sure you take the time to admire the summer borders at Chartwell.

Chartwell Sweet William in cut flower bed

Cut Flower Bed

Pop into the Walled Garden to find the cut flower bed springing into life, awash with an array of rainbow colours. We still grow many of Clementine Churchill's favourite flowers, such as Sweet William. Normally we grow these flower to use in the house, our volunteers usually make lovely floral displays out of them, this year though you will be able to admire them in the flower beds instead.

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.

Chartwell Agapanthus

Purple power

Chartwell garden is filled with several purple flowers in the summer. Look out for the sweet-smelling lavender in the bee border along the croquet lawn or the ever-so tall Allium 'Summer Drummer' in the Walled Garden. The Nepata, commonly known as catmint, Salvia, (also known as sage) and the Agapanthus, African lily are also worth admiring as you walk around the garden.

The lakes at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

What to expect from your Chartwell Garden visit

Find out what aspects and features of the Chartwell gardens you can see on our one-way route around the grounds.