Our events

HRG stall at Hampton Court


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 info@historicroses.org.

Day visits

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

June 2016 garden visits

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.

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Hampton Court rose garden bed

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.

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Autumn pruning and cuttings workshop

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.

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British bred roses project

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.

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