Roses at Kew
The Rose Garden can be found adjacent to the Palm House. To the west, the formal beds follow the pattern originally designed by William Nesfield in 1845, and house 54 rose beds, each containing a different variety of rose. To the south there are 10 beds which contain varieties illustrating the history of the garden rose.
The Rose Pergola was constructed and planted through the Order Beds in 1959 to mark the bicentenary of the Gardens. It supports some glorious climbing roses that cannot be grown in the main rose garden.
Behind the Holly hedge surrounding the Rose garden and the road leading from the Victoria Gate to King William's Temple are a number of beds and free standing tripod supports showing 100 rose species that are available showing the main characteristics of Rosa especially their decorative thorns and hips.
Whilst members of the rose family can be found in many areas of the gardens, theres is a particular concentration in the Arboretum to the south end of the Temperate House, where a wide range of speacies and varieties of Sorbus, Malus, Prunus, Crataegus and other genera, can be seen. These provide particular interest in Autumn, with spectacular leaf colour and interesting fruits.
Roses at Wakehurst Place
A selection of ornamental roses can be found in the West Mansion Border and in the Henry Price memorial garden, where special training techniques are used to create interesting column and half ball shapes. These techniques increase flowering and ensure a spectacular display in summer.