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Please scroll through the NEWS ARCHIVE section to read the articles or click an article title in the list below to go straight to the individual article:

The Journal - Autumn 2008

Historic Roses Group: Annual General Meeting and Conference 2011

The AGM & Conference 23/24 October 2010

Historic Roses Group 2009 AGM & Autumn Event

Visit to Italy May 2009

Celebrating the life and work of Graham Stuart Thomas OBE VHM DHM VMM

Historic Roses Group AGM 2008

The HRG at Chelsea 2008

Visit to Rose Gardens in the Touraine 30th May to 2nd June, 2008

Summer Garden Visit Wednesday 27th June 2007

Historic Roses Group: Annual General Meeting and Conference 2011

Kingston Bagpuize House, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5AX at 11.00am on Saturday 24th September 2011

This year the programme includes both lectures and a guided garden tour. Robert Mattock has moved his nursery to Kingston Bagpuize and is making a garden there that will illustrate his ‘Silk Road Hybrid’ roses and incorporate our collection of British-bred roses. The first batch of 100 varieties, lost to cultivation in Britain, arrived as budwood from Sangerhausen in Germany and was budded this year. He will show us how the work is progressing.

We shall also see the existing gardens at Kingston Bagpuize House, where both Nancy Lindsay and Harold Hillier advised on the plantings in the 1950s. We will be shown around by the present owner, Mrs Virginia Grant.

As for lectures, Robert will give us a synopsis of the ‘Silk Road Hybrids’ – members will recall he wrote about his work in the Autumn 2009 isssue of the HRG Journal – and Dr John Beeching from Bath University will explain how DNA samples help track the relationship between roses. This is a fascinating development and one that is very easy to follow, once explained. Finally, we will have a preview of our tour of Riviera gardens planned for next May.

The cost of the day is £45 per person, including a full lunch. Please book for the AGM through our events coordinator, Mary Hember (details below).
Bookings should be made by 14 September and accompanied by a cheque made payable to the Historic Roses Group (or card details).

For those members who would prefer to stay over night, there is an option to stay at the Highworth Hotel, Highworth for £65 per room. Please contact the hotel directly on 01793 762364 and mention Historic Roses Group Reservation for information on booking and transport to/from Kingston Bagpuize..

I do hope you will be able to come.

With all good wishes,

Brigid Quest-Ritson
Chairman, Historic Roses Group


11.00 Coffee and registration

11.30 AGM (in the library)

12.00 ‘The Silk Road Hybrids A synopsis’ (in the library). Robert Mattock

12.15 ‘Dendrograms and all that!’. (in the library). Dr. John Beeching will explain briefly how at Bath University they are examining the genetic relationship between roses by DNA profiling samples from different rose varieties and species. Dr. John Beeching is Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Biology in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath.

1.00 Lunch in the heated marquee

2.15 Tour of the work in progress at The Mattock Rose Garden at Kingston Bagpuize House, including the budded stocks which will form the basis of the HRG National Rose Collection – Robert Mattock

3.15 Tour of the Kingston Bagpuize House gardens Mrrs. Virginia Grant

4.00 Preview of next year’s visit to Riviera gardens Charles Quest-Ritson

4.45 Tea

To book, please contact:
Mary Hember, The Wool House, Codford St Peter, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 0NE.
E-mail: mary@hember.net Tel: 01985 850152

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