Reader holiday: 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 leading expert Michael Marriott. 17-20 June 2018













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-the-scenes, private view of David Austin’s own garden. Austin’s expertise is world-renowned 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 Swift 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. 


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.




The price per person, based on two people sharing is £1,995 (a single supplement of £150 is levied by the hotel).

The price includes: three nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Brockencote Hall near Kidderminster; three delicious evening meals with wines at the hotel; plus four lunches, including a rose-themed lunch and an organic rosé wine tasting; all transportation from Shrewsbury Railway Station or from the hotel. The price does not include extras at the hotel, or travel insurance.

For further information about this trip, day-to-day activities, hotel accommodation and details of how to book, please contact:
Boxwood Tours, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2NT, UK. 
Tel +44 (0)1341 241717

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.
NOTE itineraries are subject to confirmation. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended. 
Gardens Illustrated reserves the right to change any element of any event due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
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