Polesden Lacey's Rose Festival

A pergola covered in pink roses overhangs a stone walk-way

The stunning Edwardian walled rose garden is a sight to behold in summer. In celebration of this, join us this June and July where everything will be coming up roses. What better way to bring in the summer. 11 June - 17 July 2022.

The walled garden at Polesden Lacey is awash with over 2000 beautifully scented and colourful roses in summer. There are more than 100 rambling roses on the pergola, 35 different varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk in the centre beds and wild shrub roses in the outer borders and climbing roses against the historic garden walls.

Look out for the 'Graham Stuart Thomas', a bright yellow flower named after the famed horticulturalist who redesigned the rose garden in the mid-20th century or the 'Greville rose' which was cultivated to celebrate 75 years since Mrs Greville bequeathed Polesden Lacey to the National Trust.

During the Rose Festival we will be celebrating this beautiful flower, with floral displays throughout the house, grounds and gift shop. We are delighted, once again, to be supporting the Camelia Botnar Foundation who will be displaying beautifully crafted roses on the West Lawn. Made by the students of the Foundation, they add a stricking modern addition to the other displays.  

Visiting during the Rose Festival

The Rose Festival runs from 11 June through to 17 July, as well as simply enjoying the gardens, read below to find out more about what you can enjoy during your visit:

Close up of metal rose in foreground with others in the background

Buy a Camelia Botnar Foundation rose

Made by the talented metal work department at the Camelia Botnar Foundation each handcrafted metal rose is unique and can be purchased on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each purchase helps to support the Foundation, which provides residential training and work experience for young people, helping them to learn a skilled trade and embark on a useful career path.

Close image of some pot pourri

Pot pourri bar

Take home a fragrant reminder of your visit to the Rose Festival. Located by the water tower in the Walled Garden, you'll find a small pot pourri bar where you can fill a bag with your own selection of pot pourri. Open until 4pm.

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