Since the first roses were planted in 1983 the gardens have always been an integral part of the nursery, with visitors coming from all over the world to view our roses. Specialising in the preservation of old fashioned roses, our gardens provide a chance to see unique, historic, rare and contemporary roses growing in unison with other complementary plants.
In the heart of the gardens you will find the ‘St Albans Walkway’. An impressive ironwork structure, that comprises of four arched walkways that join together at the centre of a magnificent six metre gazebo. The specifically chosen cultivars planted along the walkway are now maturing and the display grows more magnificent each year.
A couple of years ago, we concentrated on two very special sections of the garden that were dedicated to both Peter and Joan Beales, our aim was to encapsulate Peter’s legacy. Many of the roses used within the planting schemes held a personal connection to them both, ranging from cultivars from Peter’s species collection to rare and unique roses they sourced and saved from extinction.
Over the last year we have also spent considerable time extending our gardens to establish a wildlife area, planted with specially chosen rose and plant species designed to create the perfect habitat to attract insects and mammals. This wildlife haven has been created to inspire and educate visitors into the importance of wildlife and the benefits they bring to all gardens.
Entrance to our beautiful two acre display gardens is free and they are open to the public seven days a week throughout the year; conveniently located just half a mile off the A11 at Attleborough, they are a must see for any garden enthusiast.
During the months of April to October we provide horticultural societies, gardening clubs and like-minded groups the opportunity to book one of our Rosarians to take them on a full guided tour of the gardens.
A choice of garden tours are available. For more information please click on the links below.
We hold many events within the gardens throughout the year ranging from a specialist plant, food and craft fairs to cultivation courses and workshops. Our Annual Rose Festival is held in the rose gardens in June, just as the roses are reaching their peak. The weekend is not only dedicated to the versatility but the romance of the rose and includes everything from tours and talks about the care and cultivation of roses right through to rose themed gifts and refreshments.