15th to 21st June, 2019:

With input from rosarians Richard Beales and Michael Marriott

This tour is a celebration of the rose, doyenne of the English Garden. 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. The tour starts in 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. Then journey north to the rural county of Shropshire on the Welsh borders to visit the outstanding David Austin show garden collection as well as a ‘behind the scenes’, private view of David Austin’s own garden. Also featured are Coughton Court and Wollerton Old Hall plus a visit to Michael Marriott’s own new garden and an opportunity to meet Katherine Swift, author of The Morville Hours, a story of her garden. Don your rose-tinted specs and see gardens in a new light; 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 Paul Zimmerman. The tour is also accompanied for two days at the beginning of the tour by Richard Beales with guest appearances at the end of the tour from Michael Marriott, Rosarian at David Austin Roses. The tour starts at the London Gatwick Sofitel Hotel and ends at the Sofitel London St James. In Sussex you will stay at Ockenden Manor Hotel, a charming and tranquil Elizabethan Manor House. Further north you stay at the award-winning Brockencote Hall, an outstanding example of a country house hotel. Both hotels offer good food & hospitality, dinners with wine, bed & breakfasts all included in the tour price. Tour rendezvous on Friday, 14th June 2019 for the tour start on the morning of Saturday, 15th June

ITINERARY

Rendezvous: Friday 14th June
The tour assembles at the Sofitel, London Gatwick airport with overnight accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis. With an early tour start departure for Sissinghurst the next morning, this hotel is easy to access from central London, Heathrow airport and the gardens on the tour.

Day 1: Saturday 15th June
The tour departs from Sofitel, London Gatwick Airport Hotel at 08:15AM, travelling together by coach for a special early bird morning visit to Sissinghurst Castle Garden accompanied by Head Gardener, Troy Smith. The first two full days of the tour are accompanied by Richard Beales, garden designer and a member of the important Beales rose family. The visit to Sissinghurst particularly focusses on the roses in the White Garden and Rose Garden, both 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.  A short drive away is Pashley Manor where lunch is followed by a rose-themed walk with the Head Gardener.  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. 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. Thence to Ockenden Manor with time to settle in before an evening meal together.

Day 2: Sunday 16th June
Start the day at the private garden of Clinton Lodge where you are invited by owner Lady Collum to view her garden followed by 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. Then to Town Place, a three-acre garden with over 600 roses mostly supplied from David Austin Roses. Return to Ockenden Manor to dine together after Richard Beales’ pre-dinner talk about the design of Rose gardens.

Day 3: Monday 17th June
A free morning in Brighton with time for a stroll along the sea front or along the pier of fashionable Brighton. Take yourself to the shops or to see the exotic Brighton Pavillion https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/. Plenty of time to purchase your own lunch before the planned visit to the romantic garden of  Nymans, partially planted through the ruined shell of the original house, and where you will be introduced to the collection in the rose garden. Thence return to Ockenden Manor for dinner together.

Day 4: Tuesday 18th June
A 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.  You will be met in the walled garden for an introduction to this important 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 you to her garden with an invitation to a delicious lunch. Journey north to Brockencote Hall with time to settle in before a pre-dinner talk with Michael Marriott, chief rosarian to David Austin Roses.

Day 5: Wednesday 19th June
The tour now progresses to the Welsh borders with a chance for a stroll around the thriving medieval market town of Ludlow before a special invitation to visit Michael Marriott’s own new small garden already featuring Michael’s favourite roses, with time for coffee included.  Then travel across country to visit Coughton Court, home of the Throckmortons, presented with the Award of Garden Excellence by the World Federation of Rose Societies. Starting with an organic rosé wine tasting and delicious lunch, there follows a guided tour of the gardens boasting over 75 different varieties of roses beautifully grown in mixed borders in the walled garden with a chance to visit the house before returning to Brockencote for dinner.

Day 6: Thursday 20th June
After a relaxed start you visit Wollerton Old Hall, a delightful 20th century garden around a 16th century manor house with wonderful borders and a fine nursery. You are invited to lunch in the beautiful black & white half-timbered house before visiting The Dower House Garden at Morville Hall, lovingly created and described by garden historian Katherine Swift in her first book ‘The Morville Hours’. Over a cup of tea, Katherine will talk to us about the roses in her garden and her writing. Return to Brockencote Hall Hotel for dinner.

Day 7: Friday 21st June
This morning, you head out to David Austin Roses for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with Michael Marriott, including a private view of David Austin’s own garden, a rose hybridizing class and lunch, plus time to visit the rose-themed shop. Mid-afternoon, you head south for London. Accommodation at the Sofitel, St James, London is included on a bed & breakfast basis both for those who fly home the next day and those who plan to continue with their plans to extend their stay.

The tour ends at Sofitel St James London after breakfast on the morning of Saturday, 22nd June

HOW MUCH & WHAT’S INCLUDED

The tour price is: £3890 per person with a single supplement of £800 levied by the hotels.

The Tour price includes:
One night bed & breakfast at London Gatwick Airport Sofitel; three nights dinner (with wine), bed & breakfast at Ockenden Manor Hotel; three nights dinner (with wine), bed & breakfast at Brockencote Hall Hotel and one night bed & breakfast at St James London Sofitel plus six lunches as stated in the itinerary.
Entry to all the gardens as set out in the itinerary; Coaching from London Gatwick Sofitel on Day 1 to the return to the London St James Sofitel on Day 7.
In addition, one transfer service will take those who require a transfer from London Heathrow Airport to London Gatwick Airport on the morning of Friday 14th June 2019. There will be no additional charge for this transfer. The time is to be agreed to coincide with the arrival of the key flights from the USA. Please note that Boxwood Tours will need to know the numbers for this service at least 10 weeks prior to the tour start date.
Please note that hotels used by Boxwood Tours are invariably hotels of character featuring a variety of rooms and styles.

The Tour price does not include:
Flights, any extras at the hotels or travel insurance that we strongly advice should be taken out by every traveller, drinks other than as mentioned in the itinerary or any other extra services at hotels.

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