Roses at Red House

View from the rose arch at Red House, Bexleyheath

Red House’s one acre of garden bursts into colour with the beginning of summer. The house is swathed in wisteria and an impressive rose arch spans the length of the garden.

Much like the house, the garden reflects the interests and tastes of the original owner; William Morris. An integral part of his design, the garden was seen as an extension of the house and within it he designed small 'rooms'  with different functions and character.

Take a stroll around our gardens and discover all they have to offer

Red House
The view from the orchard at Red House, Kent

The bowling green

An expanse of lawn used by Morris, his family and friends for croquet and skittles and today still filled with garden games for you to enjoy

The ancient orchard

Morris chose this land because of its orcahard, and it inspired some his most famous wallpaper designs. Colour in your own rose and add it to the trellis; one of Morris's earliest patterns. 

The garden at Red House
The garden at Red House, Bexleyheath, London

The well courtyard

The most idyllic and iconic view of Red House. The well, orginally used to draw water by the Morris' sits against a sea of beautiful smelling wisteria, climbing around original stained glass windows.

The rose arch

Although not original to Morris' time it still retains the spirit of his design. Morris had strong ideas about garden design and plants, particularly roses, writing...

" The exquisite subtly of form, delicacy of texture, and sweetness of colour, which, blent with the richness which the true garden rose shares with many other flowers, yet makes it the queen of them all – the flower of flowers."
- William Morris

The roses at Red House are mostly wild climbing roses.

Garden tours

Delve into the history of Red House garden and how Morris' love of all things medieval influenced his designs by joinging one of our daily garden tours from the well courtyard at 2:30pm.

The garden at Red House, Bexleyheath
The garden at Red House, Bexleyheath