A Rose Experience
An exciting event for rose lovers to tour the spectacular array of roses within the Sotterley Hall gardens with our resident rose expert
What Kevin Smith, 'the rose man' doesn't know about roses, isn't worth knowing! Kevin's personal pedigree is second-to-none having trained under the late, great world leading rosarian Peter Beales MBE since he was a young man. Throughout his time working with Peter Beales, Kevin absorbed all the knowledge possible on budding, growing and harvesting roses and puts these skills to good use while running KPS Roses and continues to produce quality roses surpassed by none. Kevin can often be found tending to his breathtaking fields of wholesale roses grown here on the Sotterley Estate - providing well known suppliers such as Pocock Roses and Coles Wholesalers with the most incredible blooms!
We are excited to announce that Kevin has agreed to impart his vast knowledge onto a group of rose enthusiasts! Guests will walk the pleasure gardens of the estate with Kevin and head gardener, Sharon Hadden, studying the various rose varieties, scents and colours - including climbers, tea roses, Floribunda, and heritage varieties. Kevin will discuss rose care, feeding, pruning, cutting, disease management and planting. This tour will be in a relaxed format, and guests will be welcome to ask questions as they stroll around. This is a bespoke event for just 30 people, to ensure quality time with our experts The tour will culminate within the warm, welcoming Walled Garden, where guests will be offered light refreshments and a glass of rose, supplied by local chef Sam Pheonix Hanison from Folk + Fare. Our head gardener, Sharon Hadden, will be also be available to impart her green fingered knowledge!