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 at Polesden where everything will be coming up roses. What better way to bring in the summer.

The stunning Edwardian walled garden at Polesden Lacey is awash with beautifully scented and colourful roses.

Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk types bloom in the centre beds while climbing roses form tunnels of petals on the arbours leading to the wishing well in the centre.

Visit during our Rose Festival and enjoy:

  • Talks by our gardeners on rose folklore and care
  • Creative floral arrangements in the house - don't miss the main entrance and the Saloon
  • Rose-inspired cake and scones in the cafe

...and more. Head Gardener Jamie Harris said:

‘Roses hold a special place in the history of Polesden Lacey. The walled garden holds 35 varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk. While over 100 white Rambling Rector roses climb all over the pergola. Look out for the bright yellow Graham Stuart Thomas rose, named after the famed horticulturalist who redesigned the rose garden in the
mid-20th century.

‘See how many different colours, shapes and sizes of rose bloom you can spot, or smell. They are throughout the garden, around the mansion and at the entrance to the famous Long Walk. A rose, dedicated to Margaret Greville, is planted as a curtain in front of her grave.’

The Margaret Greville Rose is also available in the garden shop to take home. This salmon pink shrub rose was cultivated to celebrate 75 years since Mrs Greville bequeathed Polesden Lacey to the National Trust.

The Rose Festival is at Polesden Lacey from 10 June to 21 July.

Head Gardener, Jamie Harris, stops to smell the roses with debutante Margaret Greville
A lady and a gardener smell a bunch of roses
Head Gardener, Jamie Harris, stops to smell the roses with debutante Margaret Greville

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