Thirteen Stunning Gardens
Three Renowned Rosarians
One Legendary Nursery
The Rose Garden Tour of a Lifetime
15th – 21st June 2019
I am pleased to announce my first garden tour. I’ve been asked over the years if I would consider leading one but never quite found the right combination until now. I’ve teamed with Boxwood Tours in the UK to put together a tour we we feel is unique. Boxwood Tours has been organizing garden tours since 1990 and are leaders in this field. Befitting my passion for rose education I wanted to do a tour that included education as well as touring amazing gardens. You will see stunning gardens both private and public. You will also spend time with my friends Richard Beales and Michael Marriott learning about roses and rose gardens as they are joining us for sections of the tour. Richard will join us for the first two days and Michael for some time towards the end of the tour at David Austin Roses. Sessions with Troy Smith head gardener at Sissinghurst and others are also on tap. We’ve even put in a rose hybridizing class at David Austin Roses! And those of you who know me know I can’t resist finding educational moments as we tour the gardens! I hope you will join us for seven memorable days on this rose tour of a lifetime
We will also be joined throughout the entire tour by Boxwood Tour Leader Kirsty Fergusson. Kirsty exchanged a career in academia (she is a PhD specialising in French philosopher-novelists) for a life in gardening. Trained at Capel Manor, she was head gardener at Mapperton in Dorset during the early nineties, where a series of fortunate encounters opened the door to garden writing. As well as writing a weekly column for The Express, for many years she was a frequent contributor to Gardens Illustrated, House and Garden, Country Life, The Times, The Telegraph and The Independent. In 2003 she moved to SW France, where she continues to explore the possibilities of her own (very forgiving) garden – when not traveling, writing or leading tours.
We will rendezvous on the 14th at a hotel for the tour start on the morning of the 15th and end the tour at Sofitel St James London after breakfast on the morning of 22nd June 2019. We arrive at the Sofitel St James London the evening of the 21st.