For 2022, our popular rose tour travels over the Channel to investigate the story of the French rose and enjoy some truly wonderful gardens and rose collections.


Starting with a visit with the curator of Roseraie du Val-de-Marne in L’Haÿ-les-Roses you’ll come to understand more about the vast array of French roses and the development of the roses we grow in our gardens today.

Deadheading roses
© Gavin Kingcome

You will also visit collections of wild roses; a specialist rose nursery producing beautiful new roses each year; a village overflowing with roses; a fairy-tale château where the discerning owner has surrounded her home with sumptuous roses; as well as some intimate private gardens where roses steal the show. This is an unmissable opportunity to stroll from rose to rose discussing the merits of under-planting, mulching, pruning, budding, training, and even ‘the name of the rose’ in the company of a great rose enthusiast and expert.

Tour leaders

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 type to successful growing.

Maïté Delmas has more than 30 years’ experience of managing plant collections (including roses) gained at Kew, Bordeaux and Paris Botanic Gardens. She is an active promoter of the network of Botanic Gardens of France, which she represents throughout  the world.

Chateau de Villandry
Chateau de Villandry Rhetorical Answer/Alamy Stock Photo

You will stay one night at Hôtel Les Pléiades, in the village of Barbizon before travelling down to the Loire to Hôtel Le Choiseul in Amboise. Both hotels offer good food, local wines and convivial Gallic hospitality.

Booking details

Price per person, based on two people sharing is £3,350 (a single supplement of £250 is levied by the hotels). The holiday takes place from 30 May – 3 June 2022.

The price includes: one night with dinner at Hôtel Les Pléiades, Barbizon and three nights at Hôtel Le Choiseul, Amboise, bed & breakfast and dinner with wine included; five lunches; return tickets on Eurostar and all transport during the tour.

If you wish to travel independently to join the tour at Paris, Gare du Nord, please deduct £80 and contact the office to discuss joining arrangements. The price does not include extras or travel insurance.

For more information visit the Boxwood Tours website here or to book please contact:
Boxwood Tours, 1 West Street, Buckingham HK18 1HL.
Tel 01341 429 287

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.


Please note that itineraries may be subject to change for reasons beyond Gardens Illustrated’s control.