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On-line – Practical tips for the care of Roses




Your hosts are David Buchanan-Cook and Adrien Miles who own a south-facing, sheltered 18th century walled garden in Kincardine, Scotland. Over the last twenty years David has completely re-designed the garden at Helensbank, and from this experience, has realized garden design work for a number of clients across Scotland. He is a Trustee and Board member of both Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and Perennial. Adrian is a qualified gardener. He was a lecturer in horticulture at East Surrey College and is now a freelance gardener and judge for Beautiful Scotland. They both share a passion for discovering and restoring historic gardens and renovating old roses.

The main feature of their lovely walled garden is a cedar of Lebanon, thought to have been planted in 1750. The microclimate provided by the walls has encouraged David and Adrian’s passion for pushing the boundaries and growing unusual and exotic plants. Different garden “rooms” offer a perennial blue and white cottage garden; a formal rose garden with around a hundred and fifty roses, and which now includes their National Collection of Portland Roses; and an Italianate double courtyard with citrus trees in pots. A “hot” courtyard is home to the exotics and there are more in the large glasshouse. There is also a shaded walk along the bottom of the garden leading to a Japanese-themed area, including a pagoda.

This online talk will take you through the basics of buying, planting and caring for your roses and will include;

An Introduction to your hosts, their Helensbank walled garden and the Portland Rose National Collection
An Introduction to Roses
Ordering/Purchasing your rose
Preparation before planting your rose
Care on receiving your rose
Planting roses
Aftercare and pruning
Q & A – please email your questions in advance if possible (Contact details available after booking).

The talk will start at 14:00 via Zoom and will last approximately 2 hours.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

The cost for this on-line event, is £15 per WFGA member, £25 non WFGA member.


Event Details

Date: May 15, 2021

Start time: 14:00

End time: 16:00