The English Rose Tour
Join us on a tour of some of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire’s finest gardens in celebration of the rose with Michael Marriott
If you love the perfume of roses on an early summer’s day and have always longed to discover more of this vast and varied genus, this four-day tour will let you indulge in all things rose related. You’ll be welcomed into some wonderful gardens, not least of which is the outstanding David Austin show garden collection, plus a behind-thescenes, private view of David Austin’s own garden. Austin’s expertise is worldrenowned and his emphasis on roses with fragrance and old garden character has won him many devotees.
Also featured on the tour are Powis Castle, Coughton Court, Ragley Hall and Wollerton Old Hall, all fantastic gardens with abundant rose displays.
The tour includes a visit to tour leader Michael Marriott’s own new garden and an opportunity to meet author and gardener Katherine Swiftft at her garden at Morville Hall, where she will talk about her forthcoming book, A Rose for Morville.
Join us on this fascinating tour to visit beautiful gardens, discuss the merits of underplanting roses, mulching, pruning, budding, training, and above all celebrate the rose: doyenne of the English garden.
This tour has been arranged exclusively for readers of Gardens Illustrated by Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays, a specialist garden tour company set up in 1990 by Sue and Brian Macdonald, Kew-trained, professional gardeners.
The Long Garden at David Austin Roses.
TOUR LEADER Michael Marriott has worked at David Austin Roses, designing and advising, for the past 30 years. He is an expert on all matters relating to roses, from the extensive range of cultivars and types to successful growing.
Rosa Graham Thomas (= ‘Ausmas’). Rosa gallica ‘ Versicolor’ in Coughton Court’s rose garden.
Orangery terrace at Powis Castle. Rosa Gertrude Jekyll (= ‘Ausbord’) at Ragley Hall. Katherine Swift alongside a fragrant Rosa ‘Fantin-Latour’ at Morville Hall.