This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Rose Garden of Excellence 2006 and Festival of Roses

Coughton Court rose labrynth

The Rose Labyrinth, within the historic walled garden at Coughton Court near Alcester, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, has been given the Award of Garden Excellence for 2006 by the World Federation of Rose Societies, which represents 100,000 rose lovers worldwide.The garden was designed by Christina Williams, whose family have lived at Coughton Court for nearly 600 years. The labyrinth features more than 150 different cultivars of shrub, climbing and rambling roses. I was delighted to hear the news, as I was the adviser for the technical development and creation of the rose garden as well as the wider garden for the six years from its inception until it was officially opened. The Throckmorton family, who have developed the garden in association with the National Trust, have also kindly named part of the garden for me. So if you ever get to visit this lovely garden, think of me as you walk through the area known as Philip’s Garden!

This week the Festival of Roses takes place at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. For full details of the award winning growers and to view the new roses launched at the show click here

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