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Sudeley Castle Annual Rose Week


The Queens Garden at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire is the setting for the annual Rose Week 20th - 26th June 2011. Visitors can delight in a profusion of old-fashioned roses and learn gardening techniques from gardeners on guided tours.


Sudeley Castle’s annual Rose Week celebrates the glorious displays in the award-winning gardens and this year takes place from 20th to 26th June. The centrepiece Queens Garden at Sudeley is one of the finest English Rose Gardens in the country, situated in the heart of the grounds on an original Tudor parterre.  The formal gardens at Sudeley were planted to a design by Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall and continue to evolve, with the development of the gardens directed by Lady Ashcombe, the current chatelaine of Sudeley

Throughout the summer months the gardens are a riot of colour, the Queens Garden boasting over 800 modern and old fashioned roses, intermingled with clematis, bulbs, herbaceous and annual plants creating a breathtaking display.  Described as the ‘Most Romantic’ garden England, Sudeley attracts visitors from around the globe and for 2011 Sir Roddy Llewellyn is joining the team as Garden Design Consultant.  “I am delighted to have been asked to look after the gardens at Sudeley” says Sir Roddy, “The fact that they already qualify for world-wide fame makes it all the more a daunting task. A visit to the Cotswolds, therefore, would be incomplete without a visit to these gardens. After all, they do constitute a horticultural jewel in the British crown.’”

During Rose Week visitors have the opportunity to find out more about the gardening methods and future plans for the gardens by taking a Guided Tour with one of Sudeley’s Gardeners or Guides.  These are planned for Monday – Friday, 20th – 24th June at 11am and 2pm.  Details of how to book can be found on the website at or call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244.


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