Rose Sunday is nearly here, and what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than to take your family and gardening enthusiast friends to Frimley Park to stop and smell the roses.
This Hastings District Council-supported event has been running for more than 50 years, offering an afternoon of relaxation in the beautiful Frimley Park exploring the gardens that are home to more than 5500 rose bushes.
In the 1950s, Elsie, Arnold and Heathcote Williams, the three children of James and Mary Margaret Williams, donated the 47 acres for a park in memory of their parents. The family owned a 3000-acre station they named ‘Frimley’ after a village in Surrey, England.
As part of the park’s development, the Hastings Rose Society took charge of creating a comprehensive rose garden from 1965. Half the proposed number of rose bushes, 20 of each cultivar, were planted in the first year, with the same number planted over the following two years. Those 4000 bushes across 300 varieties have now grown to more than 5500.
The event is hosted by members of the Hastings Rose Society who will be able to give visitors advice on growing great roses, and answer any questions.
Bring the picnic blanket and relax amongst the blooms, enjoying entertainment from the Twin City Stompers, facepainting for the kids, coffee, iced treats to eat, and more.
When: Sunday, 8 November
30 October 2020
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