11th to 14th June 2019:
From Sissinghurst to Mottisfont: a Celebration of The Rose in Sussex & Kent

The English Rose II

A garden tour led by Rosarian, Michael Marriott
and accompanied by Patience Shone

This tour is a celebration of the rose, doyenne of the English Garden. Following our first highly successful Rose Tour in 2018 with Michael Marriott on his home patch in Shropshire, we now venture to southern England on a gentle journey to enjoy roses in some wonderful gardens, featuring Sissinghurst, Mottisfont and Pashley Manor as well as a selection of exceptional private gardens. 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 a great rose enthusiast & expert. 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, dinners with wine, bed & breakfasts all included.


Day 1: Tuesday 11th June
The tour commences at Haywards Heath Railway Station at 12 noon (arrangements can be made to pick up from Ockenden Manor at 11:30 for those arriving by car). From here we travel together by coach to Clinton Lodge where we are invited to a delicious light lunch. Lady Collum has a deep knowledge and quiet passion for her wonderful compartmentalised garden surrounding an early 17th century house with unforgettable herbaceous borders, fragrant herb garden, green knot terrace, and scented shady glade all interwoven with roses. We then drive to Ockenden Manor with time to settle in before an evening meal together.

Day 2: Wednesday 12th June
A special early bird morning visit to Sissinghurst Castle Garden is accompanied by Troy Smith, Head Gardener. We will particularly concentrate on the roses in the White Garden and Rose Garden created in the 1930s by the poet and garden writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, author and diplomat, Harold Nicolson. Sissinghurst is one of the most famous and influential of our 20th century gardens in which use of roses is a key feature. Frankham Manor is a garden in the careful making where we discover a simple, striking, all pink rose garden and enjoy lunch together before heading off to Pashley Manor. In Britain we have two great rose breeders and suppliers: Michael Marriott has spent his career working with David Austin Roses; here at Pashley the roses have all come from Peter Beales Roses. This should be an interesting visit. Much is made of the rose in this beautiful garden: colour-themed in the rose garden and elsewhere, interplanted with cream foxgloves, lilies and lavenders. Return to Ockenden Manor where we dine together.

Day 3: Thursday 13th June
We step into Hampshire, starting with the famous Rose garden at Mottisfont featuring the National Collection of old-fashioned roses started by Graham Stuart Thomas who did much to enhance our understanding of roses. Head Gardener, Jonny Norton, will talk us through the collection. At Redenham Park there is a rich tapestry of planting with roses woven throughout: as the main focus of the square rose garden; well-used in the picking borders; trained up walls and through the fruit trees; and even reflected in the swimming pool. Lady Clark welcomes us to her garden with an invitation to a delicious lunch. We end the day at a private garden with a young, romantic rose garden laid out in four contrasting compartments. We then return to Ockenden Manor for dinner together.

Day 4: Friday 14th June
Our final day begins with a visit to Town Place a three-acre garden with over 600 roses. Lunch is then included in a local inn before a visit with the Head Gardener to the Rose Garden at Nymans. Return to Haywards Heath Railway Station for 16:00 and to the hotel for 16:30 for those who have left cars.

How much & what’s included:

The price per person: £ 2290

Single supplement: £150 (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 & styles.

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