The Rose Garden 2019
A GARDEN OF MEMORIES AND REFLECTION
Visitors to Poole Park can now enjoy a newly landscaped Rose Garden which has been recreated as a ‘Garden of Memories and Reflection’.
The improvements follow public consultation on a concept design in 2016, and further consultation in December 2018 regarding the new planting plan. Works were then carried out between December 2018 and May 2019, and the garden opened with a celebration event on 6th July.
The aim of the project is to provide a beautiful and special place to visit for pure enjoyment, or for a quiet moment of remembrance and reflection to grieve or recall happy moments.
The works included extensive replanting of the existing rose beds which now combine roses with a range of flowers that may evoke memories of childhood and different stages of life. Being surrounded by familiar plants is known to have a positive benefit to people’s health including those suffering from dementia. The use of culinary herbs references the site’s use as a kitchen garden in the Park’s early years.
The soil in all beds was replaced prior to planting to avoid infecting the new plants with any existing diseases often associated with sites that have contained roses over a long time.
The grassed paths have been widened for better access amongst the beds. Seating has been installed within the centre of the garden to provide opportunity to rest amongst the flowers and take in their sent, colour and form. Vegetation in the existing beds fronting Park Drive has been reduced in height and the main entrance opened up to make the garden more visible and inviting.
Visitors are now welcomed by new planting of grasses and aromatic plants and a rose arch made of oak which will support climbing roses and colourful clematis.
In the autumn, work will continue with planting of bulbs and ongoing management of the garden boundaries.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with the restoration of the Rose Garden. This includes the council’s Street Scene team who delivered the capital works including widening of pathways and replacing the soil, and Poole Park’s maintenance team for their passion for the project, on-going maintenance, and their love of roses! The maintenance team undertook the capital works in the garden, and cleared and renovated much of the overgrown shrubbery at the entrance to the Rose Garden making it more visible to visitors.
Huge thanks go to Poole Park Gardening Volunteers who helped plant over 1,500 roses, grasses and perennials. They also helped with initial weeding and planting some of the areas surrounding the garden, which was much appreciated.
Would you like to help in the gardens? Please get in touch with Toni Powell – details here.
We very much hope you will enjoy watching the garden develop and come into bloom over the summer.
And finally… if you would like to sponsor one of the benches or rose arch in the Rose Garden, please get in touch. For more details, please see our Park Bench donations page.