Preston Park's Rose Gardens were designed by Captain Bertie Maclaren to create a "draw" for the park to encourage Brightonians to visit.
A Heritage Lottery Fund grant allowed the Rose Garden to be restored and replanted in 2001.
While "modern" rose breeds went through a phase of being bred for the size and attractiveness of their individual flower-heads (with some other attributes suffering) the current planting incorporates four thousand more traditional shrub-rose bushes, selected for their colour and smell.
The result is an intense and intoxicating olfactory experience when walking through the garden in season, the rose-scent equivalent of "surround sound".
Inhabiting the Rose Garden are two statues representing two of the four seasons. These statues originally adorned the Brighton Aquarium, and became excess to requirements after an Aquarium redesign. There were originally four of them, but at some point two seem to have gone missing.
Before the roses
Images exist of the gardens outside the Rotunda Cafe, apparently planted with Herbaceous plants, and referred to as the Sunken Gardens, or the New Sunken Gardens. This seems to have been the first incarnation of Maclaren's gardens, before the rose planting.
Media in category ‘Rose Gardens’
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- Chalet, Preston Park (BrightonHbk 1939).jpg 1,524 × 2,200; 2.92 MB
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- Tea House and Gardens, Preston Park (BrightonHbk 1935).jpg 2,124 × 3,000; 4.88 MB