Field Notes: Hampton Court Palace Rose Garden


Designed by Kings and Queens from Tudor times through to Victorian, the historic Hampton Court Palace located on the River Thames has over five hundred years of gardening history.

 
From Charles II’s elegant Long Water, to William III & Mary II’s fine baroque gardens, including the Maze, to dazzling displays of Victorian mass bedding, Hampton Court Gardens have always been at the cutting edge of design.
— Hampton Court Palace
 
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The Rose Garden

A walled garden originally planted with old English scented roses. A visit in May, between the spring flowering bulbs of lupins and echiums, roses still provide a stunning array of colour and scent with varieties such as Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll', Rosa 'Darcy Bussell' and Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad' and amongst them you will find the beautiful statues of Flora, Adonis and Abundance.

 
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Flora

The goddess of the flowering of plants and the season of spring. Her festival, called the Floralia established in 238 BC. A representation of Flora’s head, distinguished only by a floral crown, appeared on coins and her name survives in the botanical term for vegetation of a particular environment.

 
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Abundance

Ops was the Roman goddess of the earth. She was a source of fertility, a goddess of wealth and abundance as her name translates to “plenty”. She was the wife and sister of Saturn.

 
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Adonis


In Greek mythology, a youth of remarkable beauty, the favourite of the goddess Aphrodite (identified with Venus by the Romans). The god of plants and rebirth, summer and vegetation.

 
Echium pininana

Echium pininana

Lupins

Lupins

Jackdaw

Jackdaw

Flora Statue - Goddess of Spring

Flora Statue - Goddess of Spring

Bee-friendly Flowers

Bee-friendly Flowers

Abundance

Abundance

Wild Roses

Wild Roses

Garden Pond

Garden Pond

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

 

Entry to the Rose Garden is free. For more information about entry and the gardens, visit Hampton Court Palace