Summer in the Gardens at Clumber Park

Enjoy lazy afternoons in the Walled Kitchen Garden

Take in the wonderful scents and glorious views of the rose garden in the Walled Kitchen Garden. A place to sit back, relax and make the most of the summer months.

When we think of walled kitchen gardens we naturally first think of edible plants - vegetables, fruits and herbs. But kitchen gardens also produced decorative plants, including cut flowers, which would have been used for button holes and corsages, but mainly to decorate the mansion.

Clumber’s rose garden includes over 40 varieties, all introduced before the 1920s. 

The newly restored palm house at Clumber Park
Palm House
The newly restored palm house at Clumber Park


Most have a glorious perfume and the walls of the kitchen garden trap their scent.   The borders are planted in red, white and blue which are the Newcastle family colours and roses are combined with bulbs, annuals and herbaceous perennials to provide interest from spring to autumn.  

Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden
Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden
Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden

There is usually a selection of sweet peas in the rose garden, grown both for garden decoration and for cut flowers, including the modern “Spencer” varieties with frilly edges to their petals and the older “grandifloras”, raised in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Late summer colours at Clumber
Pink flowers outside the glasshouse at Clumber Park
Late summer colours at Clumber

There are also beautiful orchards situated within the Walled Kitchen Garden where you can relax, unwind and picnic too.

The apple orchard at Clumber Park
The apple orchard at Clumber Park
The apple orchard at Clumber Park