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The Rose Garden


Rose of the Week

Verbena Bonariensis has several medicinal uses including for sore throats, respiratory tract diseases such as asthma and whooping cough. It’s also a great late summer plant.

A brief history of the Rose Garden

The Rose Garden and Winter Gardens were established as part of the core gardens of the Saughtonhall mansion estate in the 17th and 18th century. These gardens have a long and varied history and have become a well-loved and renowned feature of the area.

Both the Rose Gardens and the Winter Garden are found within the Walled Garden. The west, south and southern half of the east walls that still stand today are the oldest remnants of the outer garden walls. The gateway on the west side of the Walled Garden is the original entrance to the south gardens of the mansion and then to the main entrance of the mansion itself.

The Rose Garden is maintained by Edinburgh City Council.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Rose Garden please visit the Friends History Group page.


The dials and finial on the sundial in the Rose Garden date from the 17th century and the rest of the sundial is the outcome of a 19th century reworking of the original. Look out for its unique inscription! In 2007 Historic Scotland listed the sundial as Category C indicating that it is a representative example of special historic interest.

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