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 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 yellow marigolds. Look out for these flowers as you go around the house; our volunteers make lovely floral displays.

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.

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.

Chartwell croquet lawn under blue skies

Croquet Hire at Chartwell 

Croquet enthusiasts, make your summer special by hiring our croquet lawn. Teams can even hire our high-end Jacques kit to play the traditional game in our historical setting. There's no booking required; just turn up and play. Find out when you can hire our lawn along with prices here.

Walled garden at chartwell, yellow squash on the vine starting to grow

Early autumn harvest

Artichokes, gooseberries and runner beans are just a few of the many foods 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.

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.

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

The Gardens 

Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a 20th century flower garden blooming all year round at Chartwell. From spring blossom to summer roses, autumn apples to winter trees, the garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes, whatever the season.