Rose gardens in Kent and East Sussex

There’s nothing that heralds summer more than the sight of roses in bloom. Clusters of flowers frothing from borders and archways are a reminder of times gone by and their sweet fragrance can transport you to another world. Our gardens in Kent and East Sussex have borders of roses to enjoy all summer long. Every time you drink in the scent you help care for the beds for the following year.

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.

A view of the rose garden in May

The Roses of Sissinghurst

Roses are a highlight of many an English garden. Read on to find out why Vita Sackville-West often found herself 'drunk on roses'.

The rose garden at Smallhythe Place

Rose Month at Smallhythe Place

In their finest blooms, discover the roses at Smallhythe Place. With new displays, tours, talks and top tips for looking after your own. From 27th May - 28th June.

The roses and fountain at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust place in Kent

Find your Rose Inspiration at Emmetts Garden

With the onset of June comes the flowering of the sweet scented roses; there's no better time to see them at Emmetts. Banks of delicate roses create a beautiful border for this tranquil garden, which holds a stunning view over nearby Ide Hill. Built in the early twentieth century it remains today a quiet spot for enjoyment and contemplation.

The rose garden and pond at Bateman’s, East Sussex

Summer in the garden at Bateman's

There's an explosion of colour and scent in the summer garden and an abundance of wildflowers to enjoy in the hay meadows. Take a wander and feel the space as Kipling would have known it.