The garden at Polesden Lacey

A view across the rose garden and the wider estate taken from the water tower

The gardens at Polesden Lacey have something to offer in every season. From exceptional views over Ranmore Common from the South Lawn, to peace and quiet in the old kitchen garden and upper sunk garden, to stunning colour and scent around the rose garden and double herbaceous borders, there is always something beautiful to enjoy.

Garden tours

Join one of our knowledgeable guides on a garden tour; every day during the summer (April – October), and weekends only during the winter (November – March). Check our what’s on board for times. 

Rose Garden in full bloom
Rose Garden in full bloom at Polesden Lacey

Rose garden

The Edwardian walled rose garden boasts well over 2000 roses, including over 100 rambling roses on the Pergola.  The rest of the roses in the centre beds are made up of around 35 different varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk types, all in bloom from June to late August and beyond. Earlier in the spring, the lilac Wisteria bursts to life on the water tower, a sight not to be missed. 

Cut flower garden

The cut flower garden provides blooms to the house and other visitor areas throughout the year. It is run by some of our fantastic volunteers, and is always full of an eclectic and colourful mix of blooms like Dahlias, Zinnias, Gladioli and Phlox. 

The herbaceous borders in all their glory.
A view of the blooming herbaceous borders at Polesden Lacey looking onto the corner of the house.

Herbaceous borders

We are home to one of the finest double herbaceous borders in England, and throughout summer and autumn, it is full of bright colours and stunning scents. These borders feature perennials such as Helenuium, Day lilies, Rudbeckia and Red hot pokers; the bold mauve Hydrangea at the west end of the borders is a definite highlight from late August. 


Old kitchen garden

In spring, blossom on the cherry trees line the path from the thatched bridge to the summer house, while throughout the summer and into autumn, wildflowers pop with pastel colours. The annual meadow borders through the centre of the old kitchen garden are sown each year to evoke the spirit of the perennial herbaceous borders that Mrs Greville had in this part of the garden.  
 

Delight at the dainty snowdrops
Snowdrops in Polesden's winter garden

Winter garden

As the name suggests, our Graham Stewart Thomas-designed winter garden comes to life at the end of the year. From November through to March, delicate yellow aconites and carpets of snowdrops flower in the centre bed, shaded by three Persian Ironwood trees.  The outer borders, one of which has been newly planted in 2017, are filled with scented shrubs such as Sarcococca and Mahonia.
 

Vegetable garden

Another volunteer-run area, the veg garden provides produce to our kitchens all year round – from peas to potatoes and beans to courgettes. Why not pop into the Granary Café to taste some of our local produce!

The newly planted spring borders
Spring flowers in a garden border

Spring borders

Not many gardens have dedicated spring interest areas but here at Polesden, the newly planted spring borders will come to life from March with the likes of orange Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’, purple Polemonium ‘Lambrook Mauve’ and dainty white Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’ to name but a few. 

Preserve Copse

In the spring, Preserve Copse is one of the best places in the gardens to see bluebells, and in the autumn the trees are full of the beautifully bright colours of the season. It’s a lovely place for a shaded and peaceful walk, and it’s also where you’ll find our bird hide. 

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