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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 AGM 2008

The Annual General Meeting of the Group was held on 25 October 2008 at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. The meeting was followed by a light lunch and two important lectures.

Peter Boyd from Shropshire, one of our members and also the Northern Europe representative on the Heritage Roses Committee of the World Federation of Roses, spoke on Scots Roses (spinosissimas) of which he has the world’s largest collection.

2009 sees the centenary of the birth of Graham Stuart Thomas, the first President of the Group. David Stone, Head Gardener at Mottisfont, gave the second talk on GST’s work and achievements in the Abbey gardens.

Click the thumbnail images below to see some of the roses at Mottisfont

a fine example of Rosa californica plena at Mottisfont

Rosa alba semi-plena is one of the oldest of cultivated roses

The distinctive rose ‘Raubritter’ overhangs the pond at the centre of the walled garden

The rambler ‘Frau Oktavia Hesse’ on a wall at Mottisfont


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