Earl Spencer and his sister Lady Fellowes attend opening of the Diana Legacy Rose Garden at Capel Manor

On the eve of what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’s 54th birthday, a beautifully redesigned rose garden was dedicated and opened in the presence of her brother and sister at Capel Manor, Enfield.

Earl Spencer and his sister Lady Fellowes attend opening of the Diana Legacy Rose Garden at Capel Manor

Garden designer Richard Beales, multiple award winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, was commissioned to redesign the Diana, Princess of Wales garden and to give it a renewed focus.

“Capel Manor College in north London is the perfect place for a special garden to be created.” said Beales. “Open to the public whilst integral to the teaching and training of students, the rose garden will, I hope, delight the former and stimulate the latter. To be appointed to create such a garden is a privilege.”

The area was originally a commemorative Meditation garden built some years ago in memory of the Princess and the idea to revive and enhance it came from Lady Salisbury, Governor of Capel Manor College, and Julie Dowbiggin, Head Gardener. The garden is the culmination of six month’s work by Capel’s garden team and Richard Beales, together with the Garden’s sponsor, Kate Bartlett (Bartlett Tree Experts), and members of Diana, Princess of Wales’s family.

The original central theme has been re-enforced with a planting of Princess of Wales Roses mixed with others reflecting her legacy. Bespoke steel structures frame the garden and provides cathedral like dimensions and will eventually display the roses to maximum effect, 90% of which are perfumed to enhance visitors’ enjoyment of the garden.

“We are delighted that members of Diana, Princess of Wales’s family were here to participate in the opening today, we are sure the garden will be enjoyed visitors and students alike for many years to come.” Stephen Dowbiggin OBE, Principal at Capel Manor College

The Diana Legacy Rose Garden is now open to the public at Capel Manor on Bullsmoor Lane in Enfield, open daily during the summer.


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