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Aug 30 • 2012 • CastleFlowersGardenGardeningRoseRose NewsWalled

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

SCOTLAND

NEW ROYAL ROSE GARDEN

A NEW rose garden was officially opened at the Castle of Mey at the weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the Queen Mother.

The unveiling of the rose garden plaque was carried out by Caithness Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnett and Ashe Windham, the chairman of the Castle of Mey Trust on Saturday.

The event celebrated this year’s Diamond Jubilee and commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Queen Mother’s passing.

The flowers for the Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden were all chosen by Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland.

The garden was created within the walled garden, which was a favourite place of the Queen Mum and her corgis. She regularly frequented the Shell Garden on her visits to her Caithness home.

Commenting on the opening, Ashe Windham, said: "2012 has been an important year in the history of the royal family as well as the Castle of Mey and we are delighted that we have been able to commemorate such important milestones with such fitting tributes – our new rose garden and our exhibition.

"The Queen Mother bought the Castle of Mey in 1952 and the castle, as well as the gardens, had been neglected for some years. However, the Queen Mother’s dedication to the building as well as her passion for gardening ensured that life within and outwith the castle thrived.

"We are proud to have continued the work that was started here 60 years ago with as much pride, love and hard work as there has ever been."

From 1962, head gardener James Sinclair began work in restoring the gardens. Sandy Webster continued the work while in 2000, Grant Napier became head gardener and in 2011, Olga Ridley took over the role.

The new rose garden is the second tribute made by the trust, which has already launched an exclusive exhibition of photographs of the Queen Mum within Caithness and the Castle of Mey as well as displaying exclusive images and memorabilia from the 1952 coronation.

The exhibition, which was curated by Christine Shearer, is housed in Chauffeur’s Cottage in the castle grounds. It has already been a popular addition with the castle’s visitors.

The Queen Mum’s legacy lives on through the trust, the annual visits to the Castle by Prince Charles, and the North Highland Initiative, which he launched in August 2005 to promote and develop the economy and to support the rural communities of the North Highlands.

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Jun 23 • 2012 • BestClimbersDamasksGallicasGardeningPergolaRamblersRose GardenRose GardensShrubs

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UK

 

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

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Jan 15 • 2012 • Cold.GardeningEarlyJanuaryMildRose NewsSummerWinter

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UK

EARLY ROSES IN JANUARY !!

Despite the cold snap curious gardening fans are flocking to see SUMMER blooms in January thanks to the mild winter. A winter micro-climate "heat bubble" on the banks of River Dee has triggered roses into re-flowering to produce a blush of flowers. Experts at the University of Liverpool say the phenomenon of roses in bloom alongside snowdrops is completely unprecedented at its Ness Botanic Gardens in Cheshire. Ness on the Wirral is renowned for its mild "micro-climate" thanks to its position on the banks of the River Dee and in the lea of Snowdonia. But experts at Ness say the phenomenon of early-flowering roses is being reported by gardeners all along the west coast. Ness Gardens Head Gardener Paul Cook has been amazed at the early appearance of the spring flowers but is "astounded" at the sight of summer roses in January. Paul said: "We've had an incredible amount of snowdrops already but the gardens are so full of unseasonal blooms - including roses. It is quite unprecedented. "Camillas and daphnes are out early and the snowdrops are putting on a magnificent early display. "It's been mild through the autumn and so far this winter we have not had a frost. "But roses are summer flowers that we don't normally see in bloom until May or June "The fact is that some varieties have never really stopped flowering in 2011, but have now as the days lengthen they are really come back to life and putting out new blooms. "It's amazing." Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction, across the county, are holding snowdrop events and walks throughout January, February and March. * Gardening guru Bob Flowerdew proclaimed 2011 "The Year of Two Springs". Last autumn an unprecedented second crop of flowers and shrubs, like rhododendrons and ornamental quince, blossomed in many of the country's gardens. Even "spring bedding" perenials like ariculas and primula denticulata were reported to have put on a second bloom in the autumn.

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