June 09, 2011

Bushey Rose Garden - 8 June 2011

The garden was opened to the public in 1937.

The garden holds historic importance for Bushey and its surrounds. It has been listed on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The garden was created by Thomas Mawson in 1913. Before it was a garden, it was the site of an art school run by Victorian artist, Sir Hubert von Herkomer from 1883 to 1904. Lucy Kemp-Welch took over the art school until Herkomer took the building back in 1912.

Many original features of the garden remain - including the sunken garden, water fountain, summer house, rose temple and pergola.

The original seven foot bronze panel was stolen in 1967 - this recreation is situated at the end of the pergola. The German inscription, roughly translated means "happiness lies in the home".

Detail from bottom left hand side of the panel

Welsh red sandstone make up the cloisters near the lawn. No records exist to explain how they arrived at this location.

These roses appear to be a hybrid cross with peonies. At least to my very untrained eye.

Rose buds

This rose caught my interest because of its pink petals amidst the white petals.

Copyright: Pictures are my own. Words have been adapted from leaflets available at the Garden. For more information, go to http://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/environmentplanning/parksandopenspaces/busheyrosegarden_3/latestupdates.jsp 
Perhaps, not the most accurate of sites to reference, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushey 

1 comment: