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Everything’s coming up roses: explore our glorious rose gardens this summer

Sudeley Castle Gardens

Despite the late frosts the signs are looking good for the roses that fill National Garden Scheme gardens with their abundant beauty and scent throughout the summer months. This quintessential English bloom which, according to fossil evidence, is 35 million years old, was probably first cultivated by the Chinese 5,000 years ago. Today, the bloom, colour and perfume of roses remain a firm favourite with gardeners throughout the UK. 

Roses are a staple for many gardeners, their resilience and fragrance and their various habits, from rampant climbers like ‘Kiftsgate’ or ‘Rambling Rector’ to the huge variety of shrub roses ideal for borders make them perfect for so many gardens, large and small,” says National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre. “Among the most popular are the range of David Austin English roses with names like ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, ‘The Country Parson’ or ‘The Generous Gardener’ while many old-fashioned roses have evocative French names like ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ or ‘Fantin Latour’. Whether grown on their own or mixed with perennials or other shrubs, they are always both impactful and uplifting. There’s nothing quite like a glorious rose display in an English garden.”

While roses feature in many National Garden Scheme gardens some simply steal the show. Here’s a selection of some of the fabulous gardens within the Scheme where roses play centre stage. 

Rose gardens

This list is by no means exhaustive – there are hundreds of gardens to explore – see the link at the bottom of the page for more.

Great Thurlow Hall, Suffolk, 23rd May 
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Old Bladbean Stud, Canterbury, Kent, 23rd May, 13th, 20th, 27th June, 4th, 18th July
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Cadenham Manor, Wiltshire, Thursday 3rd June 
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Wyndcliffe Court, Monmouthshire, Friday 4th June
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Clinton Lodge, East Sussex, Monday 7th June, 21st June and 2nd August
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Elsing Hall, Norfolk, Sunday 13th June
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Mayfield Gardens, East Sussex, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June
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Rosearie
-de-la-Nymph Northamptonshire, Sunday 20th and 27th June 
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Moor Wood, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, Sunday 27th June
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Havoc Hall, Yorkshire, Sunday 27th June and Tuesday 13th July 
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Batteleys Cottage, Suffolk, Sunday 4th July
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Hurdley Hall, Powys, Sundays 13th June, 4th July and 1st August
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Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Gloucestershire, Tuesday 6th July (lead image)
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Tormarton Court, Gloucestershire – open by arrangement March – June
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Dale Park House, Arundel, West Sussex – open by arrangement June and July
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Rose offer

The lovely people at David Austin Roses are supporting the National Garden Scheme this year by donating £2.50 from every Generous Gardener rose sold to help support our beneficiaries – find out more here

 

Read more about the history of roses and lavender here

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