Historically, the Pleasure Garden had a formal Rose Garden. This area was created not long after that in the Botanic Garden (which was around 1960). Both were planted with fashionable bedding rose types, Hybrid Tea in the Botanic Garden, and Floribunda in the Pleasure Garden. The distinction between these types, and between the two Rose Gardens, was slowly lost as a result of horticultural fashion and breeding.
Below are copies of some leaflets showing the layout of the Pleasure Garden rose beds - click to expand:
Initially there were 22 beds, but some were removed as rose sickness became a problem. With reference to the 1998 leaflet, beds 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22 were the first to go. The remaining beds were planted with cultivars bred by a local amateur rose breeder, Lionel Poole. He produced two very good cultivars, "City of Cardiff" and "Cardiff Bay", both of which also occupied beds in the Botanic Garden because of their Hybrid Tea parentage and appearance. Finally in around 2010 the Pleasure Garden roses were reduced to a single bed displaying Lionel Poole cultivars.
Sources of Information.
Much of the information on this page has been provided by Terry Davies.