Rose delights in Hardwick garden

Rambling roses in Hardwick garden

As the scented blooms of the roses fill the summer air, see the open parkland views and peaceful surroundings of the east side of the garden. Take time to relax in the East Court; bring a picnic and enjoy the early summer scents.

The muted, pastel shades and often beguiling scent of roses are a joy in June and if dead-headed correctly they treat us to this again in September. Their names evoke images of by-gone times; ‘Buff Beauty’, ‘Cornelia’ and ‘Prosperity’ are very much names of the 1920’s and 1930’s when these roses were bred.

The highly perfumed rose garden
Visitor smelling the roses

A garden designed by a duchess
The roses are also an integral part of the life of Duchess Evelyn, the Last Lady of Hardwick whose story is told in the Hall and East Court garden. A keen and knowledgeable gardener much of her work can be seen in the East Court and she would have originally introduced roses to this area.

The East Court looks lovely in the early morning
The view from the House out to the East Court