Work begins on Kew rose garden

David Austin Roses has begun supplying the first roses for the planting of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew's rose garden this winter.

The high-profile site behind the Palm House is being replanted to mark the 250th anniversary of the botanic gardens.

The previous rose bushes were removed earlier this year and a new bed design is being implemented, using an original Nesfield plan from 1847. The majority of the beds will be cut out and planted up this winter. Phase two will happen in autumn/winter 2009/10 as sponsorship is still being sought to finalise the project.

David Austin Roses technical manager Michael Marriott is working with staff at Kew to devise the planting plan, and the company is donating the majority of the roses.

Marriott said the beds will include a mix of varieties within them, replacing the former bed style which used one variety per bed. To introduce height into the Rose Garden, the two large central circular beds will feature a rose-covered pergola that people can walk through.

To celebrate Kew's 250th anniversary, David Austin Roses has decided to name a rose after the botanic garden. The chosen rose is one of the company's English roses, a shrub rose that bears single white blooms and is useful for mixed borders and hedges.


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