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We are delighted to announce a very special opportunity for visitors to learn more about the fascinating history of the Dalemain rose collection. Building on the research done by archivist Frances Wilkins for her book The Tale of 100 Dalemain Roses and their Breeders, these tours will introduce visitors to the beautiful old-fashioned roses blooming in the Dalemain gardens, and some of the stories behind them.

There are 33 types of old fashioned roses growing on the terrace at Dalemain alone, and Frances has been able to discover not only more about they breeds of rose, but also about the people who planted them. The roses come from all over the world, including the UK, France, Canada, Denmark and Luxembourg. The planters from amateurs to geneticists, and each rose tells a story.

From the Ballerina rose, planted by Reverend Joseph Pemberton, who supposedly named it for a great niece he saw dancing in the garden, to the Crimson Shower, a favourite of Albert Norman, a diamond cutter who prefered flowers to fortune, there are so many wonderful stories. These tours will attempt to give a hint of the secrets hiding in these beautiful scented petals!

There are two tours taking place on 2nd July, with a further two on 16th July. Further information about 16th July can be found HERE.

The Tours on 2nd July are:

11am – The French Roses

2pm – The UK Roses.

Each tour will last approximately 1 hour. Tours are £10, with a 10% discount when you book two or more tours. To book a place on a tour, please contact Florence Lindeman on 017684 86450 or houseopening@dalemain.com.

As a visitor to Frances’ Rose Day in 2018 commented “I will never look at a rose quite the same way again because I will want to know its story.”