Though it has not felt much like June lately, the mild spring has helped the summer blooms flower as usual.

The rose garden in Preston Park, Brighton, is alive with beautiful colours and Argus Camera Club snapper Peter Dupont has captured its glory. 

It was originally designed by Captain Bertie MacLaren, who was superintendent of the parks in Brighton in 1920. He created the garden to draw people into the park. 

The Argus:

The rose garden was restored and re-planned in 2001 with money from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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Work included planting 4,000 old-fashioned shrub roses, chosen for colour and scent, and renovation of the life-size French statues which represent two of the four seasons

Though many of Captain MacLaren's designs were more formal and geometric he also produced the informal, picturesque landscape of the Preston Rockery. 

The Argus:

Preston Park was Brighton and Hove’s first and largest public park and, as well as the rose garden, is home to wildflower gardens, a restored walled garden and fine trees.

A spokesman for the Friends of Preston Park group said: "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."

As well as beautiful plants, Preston Park has a large children’s playground with a sandpit, as well as extensive sports facilities including a petanque court, eight tennis courts, football and cricket pitches.