Following our highly successful first Rose Tour in 2018 with rose expert Michael Marriott on his home patch in Shropshire, we now venture to southern England on a gentle journey to enjoy more roses in some wonderful gardens. Visits feature classic gardens, such as Sissinghurst Castle, Mottisfont Abbey, Nymans and Pashley Manor, as well as a selection of exceptional private gardens, including Town Place with its 600 or so roses, Clinton Lodge where you’ll find old roses all trained at nose height for maximum opportunity to appreciate scent, Frankham Manor with its all-pink rose garden and Redenham Park, where roses form a key part of the rich tapestry of planting.


If you love the perfume of roses on an early summer’s day and have always promised yourself time to discover more of this vast and varied genus, then this is the tour for you. Stroll from rose to rose discussing the merits of under-planting, mulching, pruning, budding, training, and indeed even the name of the rose, in the company of Michael, who will once again add insight and unbounded enthusiasm for these quintessential garden blooms.

You will stay throughout the tour at Ockenden Manor Hotel, a charming and tranquil Elizabethan Manor House, which offers good food and hospitality: the perfect base for the tour.

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.


The tour takes place 11-14 June 2019. The price per person, based on two people sharing is £2,290 (a single supplement of £150 is levied by the hotel).

The price includes: bed and breakfast accommodation at Ockenden Manor Hotel; three evening meals with wines at the hotel plus four lunches; all transportation from Haywards Heath Railway Station or from the hotel. The price does not include extras or travel insurance. Please note that Boxwood Tours use hotels of character featuring a variety of rooms and styles.

For more information or to book please contact
Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2NT.
Telephone +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.