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THE BEST ROSE GARDENS

Castle Howard

The following Rose Gardens have been chosen by the Mail On Line Gardening as the Best In Britain.  

Well worth a visit. MOTTISFONT ABBEY, HAMPSHIRE

Two large walled gardens filled with historic roses like gallicas and damasks, beautifully combined with perennials (above). Open daily, 10am-5pm (10am-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, until 30 June), entry £8.10 (free to National Trust members). www.nationaltrust.org.uk

CASTLE HOWARD, YORK

Forever associated with Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard also has a glorious garden with many old-fashioned roses and an outstanding collection of more than 2,000 modern varieties, set within a lovely walled garden. Open daily, 10am-5.30pm, entry £8.50. www.castlehoward.co.uk

MALLENY GARDEN, EDINBURGH

Delightful three-acre walled garden with a national collection of 19th-century shrub roses, beautifully laid out. Open daily, 10am-5pm, entry £3.50 (free to NT members). www.nts.org.uk

SUDELEY CASTLE, WINCHCOMBE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Flanked by yews, this garden, on the site of a Tudor parterre, has over 70 varieties of roses and offers magnificent views of the Cotswolds countryside. Open daily, 10.30am-5pm, entry £5. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

THE ALNWICK GARDEN, ALNWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND

An impressive garden with pergolas, arbours and beds filled with shrubs and climbers, including 3,000 David Austin roses. Open daily, 10am-6pm, entry £12 (valid for a year). www.alnwick garden.com

QUEEN MARY’S ROSE GARDEN, REGENT’S PARK, LONDON

Named after the Queen’s grandmother, this garden is packed with climbers, ramblers and shrub roses. There are also fountains, a rock garden and herbaceous borders, making it a great place for a picnic on a warm summer’s day. Open dawn to dusk, entry free. www.royalparks.gov.uk

DRUM CASTLE, DRUMOAK, ABERDEENSHIRE

Planted in 1991, this walled garden is divided into four quadrants, representing roses from the past four centuries, and boasts 400 varieties. Open daily, 11am-5pm, entry £9.50 (free to NT members). www.nts.org.uk

COUGHTON COURT, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE

The Rose Labyrinth has over 200 varieties and is particularly strong on historic roses such as albas and noisettes. Open Wednesday-Sunday (and Tuesdays in July and August), 11am-5pm, entry £5.90 (£2.50 to NT members). www.coughtoncourt.co.uk

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk


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