The Gardens of the Rose, opened in 1963, became the showpiece garden of the Royal National Rose Society. The original garden included beds of modern roses, species roses, roses of historical significance, modern climbers , old climbers and ramblers and the international trials of new roses.
By the early 2000s the garden had become rather antiquated and neglected. It was closed to the public in 2005, razed and completely redesigned. It was reopened in 2007 with a more contemporary design featuring 20,000 rose bushes with mixed companion planting. The garden closed permanently in 2017 due to the financial difficulties of the Royal National Rose Society, which went into administration and sadly no longer exists.