HRG Rose Day at Hinton Ampner

Anita Carey enjoys learning about rose propagation at Hinton Ampner

A small group of us met for the Historic Roses Group event at Hinton Ampner (National Trust) in Hampshire on Saturday 15 October.  John Wood, head gardener, and Rachael made us all welcome for a day filled with all things (mostly) about roses.

Housed in a makeshift but comfortable seating area in the large gardening equipment shed, John started with a presentation on the history of Hinton Ampner and the surrounding 14 acres of formal gardens. Interestingly, John explained that he had redesigned the original rose beds some years ago, which we were to see later in the day.

We were also introduced to rose evolution and historic rose breeding, from species to those we grow in our gardens today. Additionally, rose DNA, propagation, replant syndrome and taking cuttings was also discussed.

We toured the formal garden after lunch, with particular time spent admiring the last of the roses and acquiring cuttings with the help of John and Rachael.  As a new rose enthusiast I eagerly wait to see if my rose cuttings take, especially ‘Tuscany’, which I am particularly excited about!

As a new member to the Historic Roses Group this was a great opportunity to meet fellow rose enthusiasts in a wonderful location talking gardening, especially about roses.

Thank you to John for organising a very enjoyable day and to Rachael for providing refreshments, especially her lovely homemade cakes.