The Gardens of the Rose, opened in 1963, is the garden of the Royal National Rose Society. The original garden included beds of modern roses, species roses, roses of historical significance, modern climbers , old climbers and ramblers and the international trials of new roses.
Due to difficult circumstances the garden became neglected. It was closed to the public in 2005, completely redesigned and refurbished and reopened in 2007. The new design, covering 5 acres, is more in keeping with modern ideas particularly when it comes to companion planting.