Ranger’s House Rose Garden – in the part of Greenwich Park tourists don’t visit

Ranger's House Rose GardenGreenwich is a park of two halves. There’s the bit down the bottom, near the Cutty Sark with the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House pulling in boatloads of tourists every day. Some of them walk up the steep hill to visit the Royal Observatory and take a photo of the amazing view from the top. But that’s generally as far as they get. The other Greenwich Park is beyond that – a park where locals go, full of hidden treasures.

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

Yannick I went down last week to visit the rose garden at Ranger’s House.  We took the train from Charing Cross to Blackheath and walked across the heath to the Blackheath entrance to the park, thereby avoiding the tourists and the long walk up the hill.

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

Ranger’s House is a Georgian villa which is apparently pretty spectacular inside, with seven hundred works of art from the Wernher Collection on display. But we weren’t there for the house; it was a sunny day and we’d come for the roses.

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

Ranger’s House rose garden is possibly the most formal rose garden in London, arranged in concentric semi-circular beds surrounded by a clipped hedge, with one huge shady tree to break up the rigidity of the planting.

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

It’s home to 113 different rose varieties, mainly hybrid tea and floribunda.

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

I’ve ranked Ranger’s House Rose Garden at number four in my London Rose Gardens Top Five Guide.

Ranger's House Rose Garden Greenwich

There’s more to see in a surprisingly extensive park. There’s the flower garden, planted with formal beds in what I think of as English Park style. There’s a deer park too, though it’s fenced off so you can’t get to close to the deer, just see them from carefully chosen viewing points.

Greenwich Park

And I have to admit we came down the hill for tea and to see the two hundred metre long herbaceous border, said to be London’s largest.

Greenwich Park

And Yinka Shonibare’s ship in a bottle that used to be on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. It was transferred to Greenwich after the Art Fund launched an appeal and raised £264,300 to help cover the costs.

Yinka Shonibare Greenwich

10 thoughts on “Ranger’s House Rose Garden – in the part of Greenwich Park tourists don’t visit

  1. We know the garden well and are glad it’s still there having lived in the borough for many years. Range’sr house inside used to be much nicer before they moved the sold Luton hoo collection there. There were gorgeous section on music and lord Chesterfield. There were also the most fabulous concerts during the intervals of which we used to wander into the rose garden with a nice glass of wine. Ah memories!

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  2. In the very distant past I worked in the National Maritime museum and lived in a house on Blackheath at the top of the park. I loved walking through the park every day, though most of this planting is since my time.

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