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New Rose Garden at RHS Garden Wisley


WELL WORTH A VISIT New Rose Garden at RHS Garden Wisley Planting is underway at RHS Garden Wisley for the new Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust. Featuring over 4000 roses and 5000 herbaceous plants, the garden will be open to the public this summer.Designed by RHS Chelsea gold medal winning designer Robert Myers, the garden is composed of a series of gentle terraces that step down from the Bowes Lyon Pavilion. A river of roses runs round circular lawns. The planting plan was created by RHS Wisley staff with help from Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses and includes drifts of herbaceous plants, including Verbascum, Verbena and Digitalis.Over 150 varieties of rose will feature in the garden, showcasing the full range of rose types available to modern gardeners, from true old roses, hybrid musks, English roses and floribunda, through to species roses which are rarely seen in a garden setting. The colours of the garden will run from hot to cold and back again, and the roses will create an impressive mix of scents.Rose highlights include:  R. spinosissima is a species rose. It is§ native to Scotland and normally found on coastal sand dunes, and produces black hips in autumn. Buttercup (‘Ausband’) is a rich, yellow English rose with an impressive§ scent of cocoa powder Peace (‘Madame A. Meiland’) is described by some as the finest Hybrid Tea§ ever raised, and is one of the most famous and successful garden roses of all time. Several rose cultivars in the Garden have been awarded the title of Rose of§ the Year, including Super Trouper (‘Fryleyeca’) (2010), Tickled Pink (‘Fryhunky’) (2007), Champagne Moments (‘Korvanaber’) (2006) and Rhapsody in Blue (‘Frantasia’) (2003)Unusually, many of the roses will be planted in groups, just 50cm apart to grow up in large blocks of colour and variety, and will be grown and pruned as one rose. The roses are also planted with mycorrhizal fungi to promote strong root growth, and with the graft union flush with the soil level in line with current planting techniques. The mycorrhizal fungi  (Root Grow is available from the Plant Centre.Colin Crosbie, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, says: “The new rose garden will be a fantastic addition to RHS Wisley. We have chosen some wonderful varieties to demonstrate to visitors how roses can be used to create a real spectacle, with all types of roses, colours and scents.”  Member late night evening in the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden, Thursday 14 July Summertime sees the completion of our new Bowes Lyon Rose Garden which is awash with colour and fragrance from more than 400 different rose varieties. The rose planting has also been complemented by herbaceous borders that add depth of colour and diversity of texture to this inspiring garden. As part of the celebrations on the 14 July we have a pre-bookable celebration evening which includes:
  • Tours of the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden with RHS Garden Wisley Gardeners.
  • Glass of wine or soft drink on arrival.
  • Enjoy listening to the background music of the Dovetail String Quartet.
  • Call 0845 612 1253 to book.
Tickets £6 each (Members and Member Guests Only). Arrival 6.30pm; departure 8pm.


Rosa Spinosissima

Super Trouper

Tickled Pink

Champagne Moment

Rhapsody In Blue.

Full details on all our roses are available on our web site.



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