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Day out with Ian Jarvis – David Austin Roses and Garden Centre for lunch and tour
Friday 5th July – David Austin Roses & Garden Centre for lunch & tour
Tour, food & drink £30, Coach £20, Total £50 per person
10.00: Arrive at our plant centre – allocated parking will be available for your coach
10:15: Coffee & Tea with Danish Pastries in the marquee
10:45: Welcome and introduction followed by an informative guided tour of our Rose Gardens
11.30: Time to take a note of your favourite roses and enjoy the gardens at your leisure
12.00: Freshly prepared two course luncheon including tea & coffee in our air-cooled marquee
13.15: Time to visit the Plant Centre and Gift Shop
Katie and I visited David Austin Roses last year, and it was an absolute treat. When we went to book last December, we secured the last group visit slot for the whole of 2019!
It’s a great place to buy some of the world’s most beautiful roses – inevitably – but it’s also a chance to see them shown off to perfection. On site, there’s a series of gardens where over 700 varieties of rose have been planted. Covering around two acres, each area has its own style and character; but, overall, the effect is one of informal exuberance, complemented by sculptures by the late Mrs Pat Austin, a talented artist. There’s a tour, but also places to sit, relax and enjoy the scents.
The Long Garden sits at the centre, containing a collection of old roses, interlaced with pergolas supporting climbers and ramblers; the Victorian Walled Garden makes the most of its structures, inviting plants to cling to walls; the stunning Renaissance Garden is devoted to English roses; in the Lion Garden, borders are punctuated by magnificent standard roses; the patio garden shows off its plethora of English specimen roses in decorative terracotta planters; and the Species Garden hosts the true wild roses and their near hybrids.
The gift shop is superb (we defy you not to buy anything) with the prettiest of home- and garden-ware, natural beauty products, gardening books and stationery.
(Pre-orders made online/telephoned may be collected and loaded/labelled onto the coach by the staff)
A group lunch is also included. Last time we were there, it was a delicious buffet-style (but proper meal) spread, served by incredibly welcoming and helpful staff.