Memorial Rose Garden

London Heritage Farm Historical Site, Richmond BC

The Memorial Rose Garden is to the north of the London Farmhouse and was planted in memory of the original London family.  In this garden are the roses Evelyn, Jayne Austin and Brother Cadfael.

Many other varieties of beautiful heritage roses, such as Tamora, are carefully grown in blocks spread throughout in the Heritage Gardens and pebbled pathways make for leisurely viewing. Around the gazebo, at the front of the house, the white Souvenir de la Malmaison grows and the lovely Kift’s Gate climber scrambles up the side.  By the bay window of the house, you can find a noisette rose with quartered flowers in shades of apricot.  This is a wonderful tea-Dijon from the David Austin’s breeding program.

 

Memorial Garden, photo credit Dave Kemp

Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden, photo credit Dave Kemp

Roses to Remember

 

 

All roses are pruned in early spring in keeping with London Farm’s policy of working with nature, and rose hips are left on over the winter to provide seeds for the many birds that make the park their home.

Gloire de Dijon

This beautiful climbing rose once graced the London farmhouse. Bred by Jacotot in 1853 from Desprez à Fleur Jaune and Souvenir de la Malmaison, the blossoms are frilly with big button eyes in pink and peach and have a strong fragrance. Gloire de Dijon foundation rose are used for the breeding of many modern, popular roses.

 

Rose, photo credit Dave Kemp

Gloire de Dijon

 

 

Other Roses

Our hybrid tea rose bed, started in 1998, is now well established and showcases about a dozen well known varieties, including Peace and Queen Elizabeth.

 

Peace, photo credit Dave Kemp

Peace

Queen Elizabeth, photo credit Dave Kemp

Queen Elizabeth

Just Joey, photo credit Dave Kemp

Just Joey

Starry Night, photo credit Dave Kemp

Starry Night

Winchester Cathedral, photo credit Dave Kemp

Winchester Cathedral

Graham Thomasl, photo credit Dave Kemp

Graham Thomas

Honor, photo credit Dave Kemp

Honor