The 12,000 square-metre rose garden evokes the Britz tradition of rose growing. Here visitors can enjoy fragrant and long-stemmed roses, dog, wild and park roses as well as historic roses.
Britz was famed for its roses well into the 1920s and once kept Berlin supplied with long-stemmed roses. As well as hybrid tea, bush and floribunda roses, the gardeners grew the “Britzer Rose”, “Rosa britzensis”. Old rose varieties popular at that time such as “Fisher et Holmes”, “Rosa britzensis” and “La France” have long since disappeared from the market and are now only known to specialists.
Plans for the rose garden were based on historic models. Dense dark-green yew hedges enclose a geometrically designed interior, effectively contrasting with the luxuriantly flowering roses. Its sophisticated topiary makes the hedge itself a work of art with its windows, curves and arches offering views into the surrounding landscape.
A pergola covered with a climbing rose divides the garden into two symmetrical spaces where hybrid tea and tea roses, floribunda and polyanthus roses bloom. Yew trees cut into pyramids and spheres and many standard roses provide spatial accents. Low stone benches and a spacious semi-circular bench under the pergola invite visitors to linger here. Beyond the hedge scented and long-stem roses, dog, wild and park roses flourish. The rose garden also contains many historic roses, rose varieties that were cultivated before 1867 and are characterised by beautiful full blooms, rich colouring and a very intense scent.