Because of the public health emergency, we have had to curtail our events programme. Regrettably the proposed tour of the Welsh Marches and all our day garden visits have therefore been cancelled. However, we hope to reschedule them some time in the future.
Scroll down to see reports of previous events and visits.
Front gardens: the kindness of strangers
Despite the cancellation of the Historic Roses Group’s usual programme of garden visits and its week-long tour to see interesting older roses, nevertheless in some parts of locked-down London the city's warm micro-climate means that this spring many older roses are blooming even earlier than usual, peeping out from courtyards or spilling over garden walls.
They make a wonderful difference to the daily morale of town-dwellers, many of whom have no garden of their own and whose only exercise now is walking round deserted streets. Even just one rose can enhance a small space and cheer up a passer-by.
For all of us missing our visits to famous gardens now closed, such sights are a mood-enhancing tonic. It shows how important even tiny town front gardens are, not only to the cityscape but also everyone’s mental health and wellbeing – now more than ever.
Your help is vital for our shows. We always need volunteers to help staff our stand, meet fellow members of the HRG and talk to the public.
If you are interested in getting involved, whether for a few hours or a whole day, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to offer visits in different parts of the country. Participating in them offers an enjoyable way of socialising with other members as well as seeing gardens of special interest to rose-lovers.
On day visits individual members make their own way to the venues but on our longer tours transport between gardens is laid on for the group.
Every year the HRG organises week-long tours for members to visit interesting gardens with roses, both in the UK and abroad.
Our groups generally number no more than 25 - 30 people and new members are particularly welcome. We aim to offer one tour in Britain annually and one abroad if possible.
Other events and activities
The Historic Roses Group has organised many study days and pruning workshops at several garden venues round the country, and plans to continue these for members keen to learn more about caring for roses.
This section also includes conferences such as the AGM.
News on events and activities
The National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, holds the National Collection of pre-1900 old shrub roses in its beautiful walled garden. The virtual tour of Mottisfont’s rose garden brings back memories for HRG members of a delightful visit there. HRG members gathered there one June evening in 2018, when Jonny Norton, the new head gardener, welcomed […]Continue reading
Some of the most enjoyable benefits of belonging to the HRG are select private day visits to gardens and nurseries with historic roses. In early June 2016 a small group visited Seale Nurseries in Surrey for a study morning, where we were welcomed by owners Catherine and David May.Continue reading
To celebrate the 25th anniversaries of the Historic Roses Group of the Royal National Rose Society and the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015, a collection of 25 varieties of historic roses was donated to the Hampton Court Palace gardens by the Historic Roses Group.Continue reading
John Wood, head gardener at Hinton Ampner, held an autumn pruning and cuttings workshop in 2015 at these magnificent National Trust gardens, which was very well attended. After a presentation on the history and development of the estate, and a copious afternoon tea, John led members on a tour round the gardens.Continue reading
Roses are a major part of our horticultural heritage. Fashions in horticulture change: roses that once enjoyed huge popularity in Britain have disappeared from commerce. The Historic Roses Group of the Royal National Rose Society is seeking to ensure that this heritage is not lost forever.Continue reading