Greenwich Rose Garden nestles in the south west corner of Greenwich Park in London. It is adjoined with the 18th century Georgian villa called Ranger’s House. The building was a residence of the royal family members and has been in the care of English Heritage since 1986. More than 650 pieces of art, including Joshua Reynolds, a 18th century English painter, are held as a part of Wernher Collection.
Greenwich Rose Garden was created fairly recently. More than one hundred varieties of roses have been planted since 1995. The garden is semicircular in shape and is thoughtfully designed. Colours and scents of roses spread from Ranger’s House, the centre of the semicircle, to the edge of the garden. The edge is surrounded by a huge yew hedge and which keeps apart the garden from the woodland of the park. This segregated space creates a sense of intimacy and tranquility.
Along with glamorous old roses, there is an avenue, dividing the semicircular garden into two, goes straight from Ranger’s House to the centre of the Park. The eye direction, from the garden towards the woodland, creates a sense of much spaciousness.
My first Visiting Place for Eden Walkers
Greenwich Rose Garden is selected as the first official article of ‘Eden Walkers‘. As you might have some, it is for me one of the gardens which brings a feeling of closeness. This is the garden I visited at first when my garden visit project started.
I used to live in the area nearby for long and played tennis next to the rose garden at weekends. On my way to the garden, I used a street, Hyde Vale, instead of the main gate of the Park: got stairs the left side at the end of the houses and went across a field towards the wall of the House. When you get arrived, the place would create a lovely sense of speciousness as if colourful jewels of roses had waited over the gate.
Greenwich Park is an oasis of the city and is opened for anyone! It places next to the River Themes. More than few centuries old mature trees emit a powerful life-force energy and anchor psychic stability of the city-dwellers.
Deep breathing fresh air helps us relax and feel centred at the rose garden. Greenwich Rose Garden is located at the opposite side of the Greenwich Observatory hill and therefore less tourists. It is much quieter. Being surrounded by roses, some long wooden chairs are arranged and where people read papers, couples sit together, runners have some rest and dogs sniff each other. Greenwich Rose Garden is such a lovely place for anyone to visit.
Greenwich Park and The Rose Garden open daily from 6am (for traffic 7am) to 19pm. The admission is free. About 10-15 minutes walk from the Greenwich National Rail station or the Cutty Sark underground station.