The rose garden at Emmetts Garden

This Italianate rose garden is the only formal part of the gardens at Emmetts. Frederic Lubbock, a banker and passionate plantsman, bought the property in 1893 and had the rose garden designed especially for his wife.

Roses in bloom

Femininity pervades throughout the garden, with swags of climbing blush pink rose ‘Cécile Brunner’ accompanying many other roses in shades of pink and white throughout.

Stepping down into the garden you’ll be surrounded either side with a collection of pink Octavia Hill roses. Octavia Hill was a founding member of the National Trust and these roses were planted in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her passing.

Moving around the fountain you’ll discover a border bursting with sweet English miss roses. This border was recently replanted so the varieties you see now are historically correct as per Catherine Lubbock’s intentions.

Just some of the other varieties of roses on show are the dainty rosa bonica and the fragrant rosa Katherine Zeimet. 

 
 
English miss roses surround the fountain at Emmetts Garden
The rose garden at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

History of the rose garden

Created for Catherine Lubbock between 1910 and 1920, the rose garden at Emmetts was very much a central feature of the original garden design. It formed a frame for one of the key vistas from the house out towards the valley and weald of Kent.

In the Lubbock's time a smaller square pond formed the centrepiece. Early photos show that it held a far more diverse range of herbaceous plants than today with standard roses, swags of roses on the terrace between the garden and the house and large planters on the path.

Take a seat here on a summer’s day to enjoy the scent and soft colour from the crowds of roses.