Rose Gardens – Feature Fridays

Tudor Garden
May 07 2021 | Garden History

Hever roses

The theme for this week’s #FeatureFridays with Historic Houses is Rose Gardens.

On this Feature Friday, we take a look at Rose Gardens; Hever Castle’s Rose Garden, the Roses in the Tudor Garden and at the Anne Boleyn Rose.

The Rose Garden

Rose Garden at Hever Castle

Head Gardener Neil Miller‘s favourite part of the garden, the romantic quintessential English rose garden is the setting for over 4,000 roses which flourish from June until the end of September. Planted in blocks of colour from palest pink to deep crimson and rich purple, varieties range from the Alba and Bourbon to Hybrid Tea and Floribunda. White Iceberg is a permanent variety complementing the inner beds and pillar-trained climbers, which fill the air with their fragrant scent throughout the summer months.

Roses in the Tudor Garden

Tudor Garden

Running alongside the Yew Maze and bordering the outer moat of the Castle lies the Tudor Garden, a series of small, sheltered gardens with neatly clipped hedges.

Laid out as they might have been in the time of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, these simple gardens feature a profusion of Ballerina shrub roses.

The Anne Boleyn Rose

Anne Boleyn roses

The Anne Boleyn rose is a shrub rose with a light fragrance, delicate tones of pink and symmetrically arranged petals

Named after the second of Henry VIII’s six wives, by rose breeder David Austin this rose dates back to 1999, not the Tudor era!

At Hever Castle, this rose can be found in the large formal beds that sit either side of Half Moon Pond. They offer large sprays of cupped, rosette blooms that are a soft shade of warm mid pink and have just a hint of a button eye. Its low, spreading growth builds up to form a neatly mounded shrub with soft green, highly polished foliage. Their scent is light to medium but planted en masse we think they smell pretty amazing.

Visitors to Hever in Bloom (21-25 June) can revel in the scent of 4,000 roses in the Rose Garden, spot the Anne Boleyn rose near Half Moon pond or the Hever rose in the Rose Garden. Pergola Walk looks spectacular draped with climbing roses and the Ballerina roses in the Tudor Garden with their Castle backdrop are also worth a visit.

And creative visitors can join former Hever gardener turned florist Emma Fuller for a workshop at 2pm each day during Hever in Bloom (costing from £20 which includes all materials) to create a round floral arrangement in oasis. Places on the hour long workshop must be prebooked and is suitable for adults and children 12 and over only.

For more information and to book click here

If you enjoyed this item on Rose Gardens then why not discover the previous #FeatureFridays news items.

Discover more about Anne Boleyn’s favourite rose here.

Learn about Head Gardener, Neil Miller’s top tips on growing roses.