There is a special treat in store for rose lovers at Borde Hill Garden this summer, when one of the world's most respected rose experts, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, will be providing a talk and exclusive guided tour of Borde Hill's renowned rose gardens on 20th June.
In June, Borde Hill's 500+ strong rose collection will be in full bloom, filling the gardens with heavenly scent. The Rose Garden at Borde Hill has been carefully developed over the last decade to comprise formal beds bordered by box and lavender, red brick paths and is an array of obelisks and trellises adorned with roses.
The design has formal and informal elements with high yew walls and this year, the rose borders have been further boosted with the addition of a range of beautifully selected herbaceous perennials, chosen by garden designer and TV presenter Juliet Sargeant to compliment the roses' colour and scent.
During Michael Marriott's visit on the 20th of June to Borde Hill, he will be speaking to guests on selecting and caring for the very best rose varieties, before taking a tour around the garden. Borde Hill Garden contains many of the most significant David Austin varieties including; Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas which were all introduced in the early to mid-1980s and are said to be responsible for the success of David Austin's business. The rose garden also contains some of the most popular roses sold in the last few years in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton, Darcy Bussell, Lady of Shalott and Munstead Wood.
At its peak during the months of June and July, visitors to Borde Hill will find more than 750 plants and about 100 varieties of rose covering a spectrum of colours, from soft pink through to deep crimson and from yellow to bright red.
The Itinerary for Michael Marriot's Talk and Tour on 20 June, 2019 is:
10.30 - drinks on arrival served inside Borde Hill's Elizabethan Mansion House
11.00 - talk by Michael Marriott, to include a Q&A session
12.15 - tour of the Rose Garden
12.45 - pre-lunch drink and Buffet lunch served in the House
Booking is necessary and tickets are available priced
Without buffet lunch and pre-lunch drinks:
£29.00 (RHS Members/Friends of Borde Hill)
With buffet lunch and pre-lunch drinks:
£44.00 (RHS Members/Friends of Borde Hill)
Advance booking required