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A Celebration of Roses

Showcasing our beautiful walled rose garden, the festival will celebrate the stunning floral displays it creates every summer.

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  • Free event (admission applies)

Roses hold a special place in the history of Polesden Lacey. This tranquil and sweetly scented Edwardian walled garden holds 35 varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk, which bloom in the centre beds. While over 100 rambling roses form tunnels of petals over the pergola leading to the central wishing well. 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. Outside the Rose Garden you will find the salmon pink Margaret Greville shrub rose, growing in the Lady's garden. Visit during our celebration and enjoy learning more about the roses, the history of the garden and the work that is involved in maintaining it. View the beautiful metal rose installations made by the metalwork artists at the Camelia Botnar Foundation. This is a charity which provides residential training and work experience, helping young people to learn a skilled trade, embark on a useful career path and successfully make their own way in life. The roses that are part of the installation will be for sale and can be collected after the celebration finishes. www.cameliabotnar.com

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The rose garden was transformed during Margaret Greville's time from a vegetable garden into a sheltered haven, filled with many varieties of her favourite flower, the rose. This was a highlight of any visit for her esteemed guests and she is pictured here frequently, proudly showing off the roses to dukes, kings and maharajas. A poignant reminder of Maggie's love of roses is the Greville Rose, specially bred for the National Trust by Peter Beales rose growers and also coming into bloom in June. This exclusive variety is planted just outside the walled rose garden, in front of the Edwardian socialite's grave, and is available to buy from the Polesden Lacey garden shop. A huge amount of work and investment has gone into restoring the rose garden in recent years, including renovating all the path and replanting many of the rambling roses on the pergola. There is no doubt Maggie would have been delighted by the enjoyment our visitors get from her beautiful rose garden today.

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