The Hatfeild Horticultural - Morden Hall Park's early summer garden guide

Archive photo of gardeners in Morden Hall Park's Rose Garden

Gilliat Edward Hatfeild left Morden Hall Park to the National Trust on his death in 1941. A true countryman, with a love of trees and wildlife, Mr Hatfeild was especially fond of gardens. You can still visit his Rose Garden in Morden Hall Park. This garden guide is inspired by his legacy.

Jobs for the garden this month

Start feeding your trees, shrubs and hedges - give them a good start to the growing season with a slow release fertiliser available in either liquid or granule options.

Got any gift pots with hyacinths or daffodils that have now finished flowering? If so you can plant the bulbs outside in your pots or borders to flower next spring

Deadhead your tulips and daffodils but remember to leave the foliage intact and allow the plant to die back naturally. This provides essential nutrients to the plant for strong growth next spring.

Divide perennial plants, hostas and primroses after they have finished flowering to create more plants for your garden.

Start planting up your summer baskets and bedding but make sure you wait until the risk of spring frosts have passed.

Lavender growing near the pond

Plant pick

Lavender – Traditionally grown near snuff mills like those in Morden Hall Park, Lavender was used to add scent to snuff.

A popular, easy to grow, and fairly hardy perennial plant, Lavender thrives best in a sunny position. It is extremely drought-resistant once established, so a great choice for the busy gardener.

It’s time to plan that rose garden

Gilliat Hatfeild was known for his passion for roses. The rose garden in Morden Hall Park was planted by him in 1921. Mr Hatfeild allegedly kept his basket, secateurs and gloves hidden in a hollow tree nearby, ready for when he needed them. He would often spend his evening hours deadheading in the rose garden.

Today we stock a wide range of roses in the Garden Centre that we hope Mr Hatfeild would appreciate. Many varieties are grown in the National Trust’s own nursery at Lanhydrock, in Cornwall, including patio roses, bushy shrubs, climbers, ramblers, and hybrid teas. If you are looking for a rose for a special occasion we have:

  • Many Happy Returns
  • Ruby and Silver Wedding Anniversary
  • Mothers’ Day
  • With Thanks

We also stock a variety of David Austen roses, including the Lady Emma Hamilton, a strongly fragrant and repeat-flowering rose with its own link to the park. Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Hamilton, his mistress, lived at nearby Merton Place, and reputedly visited Morden Lodge.

Many visitors to the park comment on the climbing rose on the wall by the Garden Centre. This is the Albertine rose, introduced in the early 1920s. It is one of the most popular free-flowering roses, and is available from the Garden Centre.