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Though it might not have felt much like June lately, the mild spring weather has worked its magic, coaxing summer blooms to flower as usual. And nowhere is this more evident than in the rose garden of Preston Park, Brighton, which is currently alive with a riot of beautiful colours. Capturing this splendour is Argus Camera Club snapper, Peter Dupont, whose photos showcase the garden in all its glory.

Originally designed by Captain Bertie MacLaren, who served as the superintendent of Brighton's parks in 1920, the rose garden was created to draw people into the park. Fast forward to 2001, the garden underwent a significant restoration and re-planning, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project saw the planting of 4,000 old-fashioned shrub roses, chosen specifically for their vibrant colours and delightful scents. Additionally, the life-size French statues representing two of the four seasons were renovated, adding a touch of historical charm to the garden.

Captain MacLaren was known for his formal and geometric designs, yet he also had a flair for creating picturesque landscapes, as evidenced by the informal beauty of the Preston Rockery. Preston Park itself holds the distinction of being Brighton and Hove’s first and largest public park. Besides the rose garden, the park is home to wildflower gardens, a restored walled garden, and a variety of fine trees.

A spokesman for the Friends of Preston Park group noted, "A regular winner of the Green Flag, awarded annually to quality parks and open spaces, Preston Park remains green throughout the summer because of an underground water source known as the Wellesbourne."

In addition to its botanical wonders, Preston Park offers a large children’s playground complete with a sandpit, and extensive sports facilities including a petanque court, eight tennis courts, and football and cricket pitches. So, whether you're a nature lover, a sports enthusiast, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Preston Park has something to offer everyone.

Take a stroll through Preston Park’s rose garden and let the vibrant colours and enchanting scents transport you to a summer paradise.



Image credit: Peter Dupont