Cliveden re-opens Geoffrey Jellicoe's 1959 rose garden

The National Trust has re-opened its restored rose garden at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, originally designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1959.

Cliveden rose garden -National Trust/Meghan Doran
Cliveden rose garden -National Trust/Meghan Doran

The third Viscount Astor commissioned Jellicoe to design a new rose garden in 1959. Jellicoe was inspired by the abstract painter Paul Klee.

Cliveden head gardener Andrew Mudge and his team of 12 gardeners and 20 volunteers have created the circular garden, planted with 900 repeat flowering roses, over the past six months.

Mudge said: "We spent a year researching and designing the new garden.  Our aim was to capture Jellicoe’s concept for the garden as a vegetable form, like a cabbage, with each bed intended to envelop the visitor and draw them in towards the centre.

"We’re creating this effect by using roses of different heights.  Tall roses almost five foot high will enclose beds planted with shorter varieties so as you walk into the garden the roses will appear to close around you.

"This should also mean that the scent of the roses will filter through at many different levels. 

"If you combine this with the Jellicoe-inspired colour scheme of great swathes of colour moving from yellow and orange to velvety reds and deep crimsons, the result should be a truly sensory treat.

"The colour should sweep across the garden from the soft yellows of the early morning sun in the eastern beds to the bright oranges of the midday heat before finishing on the western side of the garden with the deep reds of the sunset."  

The rose garden replaces what was known as the Secret Garden, when the space was planted with a herbaceous scheme of perennials, herbs and grasses.

For more information visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden/


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