Welcome to Gardens Illustrated Masterclass 2021: A series of three online expert lectures aimed at offering you an illuminating, entertaining and inspiring look into creating great gardens.


And the third and final of our lectures is with Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Iford Manor Gardens.

Here’s the all details of the event, taking place 23rd June 2021, 6pm UK.

Gardens Illustrated Masterclass 2021:

“How to use old roses in a modern garden”

With Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Iford Manor Gardens

Troy will deliver a Gardens Illustrated masterclass focussing on using old roses in the flower garden, but will also endeavour to answer the question, ‘how do we manage historic flower gardens, giving them new life and relevance, long after the original creator has gone.

Troy will draw upon all his experience, using examples of his work at Bodnant, Sissinghurst and now at Iford.

Length: 1 hour

Cost: £15

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 6pm UK

What will be covered

  • Understanding different types of old roses and their use within the garden
  • Pruning and caring for old roses including climbers, ramblers, and bush roses
  • Tips for growing roses in meadows, through trees, arbors and supports
  • Techniques for replanting established rose gardens
  • Combining once-flowering roses with other plants
  • Practicalities of feeding, spraying, watering
  • Achieving a year-round flower garden with old roses
  • Taking roses as our cue, how do we approach managing historic flower gardens, giving them new life and relevance

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How it works

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with the details of the event which you can save into your calendar, and a link to join the masterclass. When the masterclass begins, click the link and you'll be put straight through to the event.

You will be reminded an hour before the masterclass starts, so you don't forget.

You can submit questions for Troy during the event, which will be posed to him by Sorrel Everton, deputy editor of Gardens Illustrated.

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About Troy Scott Smith

Troy is one of the country’s leading head gardeners, learning his craft over 35 years working in some of the best gardens. Coming from a family of committed naturalists, Troy’s approach is informed by his appreciation of the artistic merits of garden making and gardening with his love and fascination of nature. Head gardener since 1997, troy has led the renaissance at both Bodnant and Sissinghurst, where, with Dan Pearson, he brought back a garden rich in emotion and intimacy with a focus on old roses. Troy now combines his work as Head Gardener at Iford Manor with writing, design, and consultancy.


Daniel GriffithsDigital Editor

Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.