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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