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Visit to Italy May 2009
The Historic Roses Group is planning a five-day trip to visit rose-gardens in Tuscany and Umbria in May 2009. The dates will probably be 20 to 24 May but, if these are not convenient, we will run it one week later. The tour will be based in Orvieto or Todi, and at present the plan, subject to confirmation, is as follows:
20 May. Arrive and meet up at the hotel in the evening.
21 May. All-day trip to Prof. Fineschi’s garden at Cavriglia (refer to images below). This is the largest private collection of roses in the world (7,500 different cultivars) grown in the beautiful setting of olive orchards surrounding his Tuscan manor-house.
22 May. Visit the Marchese Parizi’s garden at Castel Giuliano near Bracciano, surrounding a 16th-century castle (best known in Italy for its annual rose festival in mid-May) and Giuppi Pietromarchi’s La Ferriera, on the borders of Lazio and Tuscany. Contessa Pietromarchi’s garden has drifts of roses grown as shrubs set in mown grass and surrounded by ancient olive trees. Both of these are stunning private gardens with spacious plantings and immense charm.
23 May. Visit Helga Brichet’s garden at San Terenziano near Todi and Vittorio Ducrot’s garden at La Corbara near Orvieto. Helga Brichet is a past president of the Conservation Committee of the World Federation of Rose Societies, and has a fascinating collection of roses, with a special interest in roses from Australia. Vittorio Ducrot is plant-hunter, with over 150 collections of wild species, mainly from Central Asia. His house, reached by a 4km drive, is beautifully situated and also has a very good collection of old roses and climbers, arranged in the English style.
24 May. Leave for home.
All our hosts speak excellent English. The tour will be led by Charles Quest-Ritson who is a fluent Italian-speaker. Participants will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to Italy. Costings should be available by mid-March. Meanwhile, please would members who might like to join in this trip contact Charles Quest-Ritson on firstname.lastname@example.org to express their interest. The tour is also open to members of the Royal National Rose Society, other international rose societies and organisations like the Royal Horticultural Society.
Click the thumbnail images below to view large images of Prof. Fineschi’s garden at Cavriglia scheduled for 21st May