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

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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.

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