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Get a backstage pass to the gardens at Polesden Lacey

The National Trust’s Polesden Lacey was the weekend party house of Edwardian socialite Dame Margaret Greville. As with the house, the gardens at Polesden Lacey were designed to impress. In summer, the walled Edwardian rose garden is home to around 2000 fragrant roses and the double Herbaceous Borders are a riot of colour. The less formal pleasure grounds are perfect for a gentle stroll and taking in the breath-taking Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This summer at Polesden Lacey, for the first time, we’re offering visitors the chance to come behind the scenes, with a variety of tours and talks. Learn the secrets of our talented gardeners, visit parts of the gardens not usually open to visitors and even meet Mrs Greville’s head gardeners from the past. It’s the perfect day out for anyone with an interest in horticulture – whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting started.

New ‘Unseen Spaces’ garden tours take visitors behind the scenes in the gardens, even visiting the compost areas and greenhouses. These are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.45pm.

Step into the past and meet Mrs Greville’s gardeners to find out what the gardens were like in Mrs Greville’s time and what her gardeners were most passionate about. Costumed interpreters bring these historic characters to life. These talks take place every Wednesday at 2.30pm until August 28.

Meet a Polesden Gardener to find out how the talented team at Polesden Lacey keep the gardens looking spectacular and what they’re working on each month. These talks happen at midday on the last Wednesday of each month. Or simply join a daily garden tour at 10.30am, 12.45pm or 2.15pm to enjoy a guided tour around the formal gardens and productive areas at Polesden Lacey.

The Polesden Lacey Rose Festival is running until July 21st where we celebrate all things rose-related.  Discover stunning metalwork rose sculptures and a ‘mini-potpourri’ bar in the Potting Shed. The garden team will be giving a series of talks every Wednesday and Friday on rose care, rose folklore and more.  Pop into the Rose Garden water tower to find out about the history of this part of the garden.

Jamie Harris, Head Gardener at Polesden Lacey, says:

“Whilst autumn and spring are generally considered to be the busiest time in terms of workload for the garden team, this summer is also shaping up to be a packed season. We’re looking forward to inviting visitors behind the scenes, giving unprecedented access to our work here at Polesden Lacey.”


For more information on and of these talks, tours or events, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey

For more information on and of these talks, tours or events visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey


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