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The Garden Of The Rose.


Society Objectives.

Today, the objectives of the Society, which is a registered charity, are to encourage, improve and extend the science, art and practice of the cultivation and conservation of roses and to disseminate knowledge of roses and rose growing both in the garden and the environment by means of education, training, trials, publications, promotion of display gardens, the holding and regulation of shows, scientific research and international co-operation.


The Royal National Rose Society.

Founded in 1876 to promote the growing of roses, provide information and help to rose growers across the country.  At this time the Society was largely a club for the benefit of the select few who grew roses to show, rather than for the benefit of the wider rose growing public.


During the Society’s existence it has grown in stature and reputation and is now generally regarded as the leading Rose Society in the world.    The membership now extends worldwide and includes many affiliated horticultural societies and research libraries, as well as rose loving individuals.


The headquarters are based at the flagship gardens- “Royal National Rose Society Gardens Of The Rose”,  Chiswell Green in Hertfordshire.    The garden offer stunning displays of ten of thousands of roses, both old and modern,  complemented by companion plants.   The gardens are now open to the general public as well as to our members;  they have undergone a complete refurbishment with new roses,  herbaceous perennials, spring bulbs, shrubs and lush grassy areas to give year round interest.

Garden visitors will now get the chance to see at first hand the development and growth of this exciting new attraction.   A living directory of roses. 


A vital function of the society is to conduct trials for new breeds of roses from all over the world.  The International Merit Trials held at the “Gardens Of The Rose” for both amateur and professional breeders are renowned worldwide.


The  Society, where possible , provides help with any rose related problems, from finding a specific rose through to identifying roses as well as providing general and specific rose care advice, 


The Society also hold, what is considered to be the world most comprehensive rose library with books dating back to the early 1900s.  This facility provides a useful resource for both our members and many affiliated learning institutions throughout the world. 


Royal National Rose Society  -  Garden Of The Rose.


The gardens, were officially opened by renowned garden expert Peter Seabrook on the 9th June 2007.

The Royal National Rose Society Gardens have been completely rebuilt to a design by Michael Balston & Co.  


In her opening speech, the President Ann Bird, referred to the gardens as a “Living Directory Of Roses” .     As the garden grows the Society will capture the development and growth of the roses and link the images to the Garden Guide.

A new entrance to the south of the garden makes use, once again,  of the trial ground car park, a new toilet block with disabled access and a refurbished tea room (the tea room is also open for non garden visitors.) complete the new look to the garden entrance this year.

Wheelchair-Friendly.   The new gardens have been designed with wide, wheel chair friendly paths.  They also have a  small number of wheel chairs for visitors use on a first come first served basis.


Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads at all times.

Garden Highlights Include.


  • A rose collection, showing the history of the rose.
  • Roses in a garden setting showing different styles of planting.
  • A series of small model garden to give inspiration for growing roses in small spaces.
  • The newly replanted Queen Mother garden.
  • New cultivar trials to provide an educational experience as well as being a pleasure to the eye when in full flower.
  • A grass maze.
  • The rose garden’s new tea room which provides, morning coffee, home made biscuits and cakes, light lunches and afternoon cream teas.
  • A much longer season of interest making extensive use of other plants which associate well with roses.


The Royal National Rose Society aim to have a garden which members can enjoy and feel proud of, one that attracts visitors and promotes the rose.    Like all gardens the “work is in progress”  and the intention is to continue to develop the Society’s garden so that it becomes  the premier rose garden in Britain.

Visit the Garden Of The Rose for a fabulous day out.




Join the National Rose Society today and you will enjoy :


  • Free advice from rose experts on how to choose the right roses to grow and selection of
  • companion plants for roses.
  • Free advice from rose experts on rose care and rose growing problems.
  • Free copy of  ‘The Rose’ magazine three times a year.   This beautifully produced magazine is packed with stunning rose photographs as well as practical advise from expert rose growers, topical articles and rose news.
  • Free access to beautiful rose gardens  including Sudeley Castle,  Mannington Gardens and
  • Renishaw Hall Gardens and more including the Society’s garden.
  • A Free Bare Root rose or a Rose Handbook.
  • Access to the Society’s specialist courses and workshops and practical pruning and rose
  • Demonstrations held throughout the year.   Members can also use the Society’s library, thought to be the most comprehensive rose library in the world.
  • The opportunity to show roses you have grown and to attend rose shows.
  • Access to the members only area of the National Rose Society’s web site.


For more information or telephone membership enquiries call

0845 833 4344


For more information or join on line, log on to



The Royal National Rose Society

Chiswell Green Lane

St Albans



Registered Charity No. 1035848









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