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Rose Month this June at Smallhythe Place, Tenterden with the National Trust

By Angela Cole

They come in reds, whites, pinks, purples and yellows and bring a splash of colour to a quiet haven.

The National Trust's Smallhythe Place at Tenterden is home to more than 120 rose plants and some 60 unique varieties, scattered throughout the site.

Now in their summertime glory, the estate is celebrating the delicate flower for a month, with Rose Month.

Roses climbing over the early sixteenth-century Smallhythe Place
Roses climbing over the early sixteenth-century Smallhythe Place

Running until Sunday, June 30, it features tours, displays and talks by the gardening team.

On Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 14, head gardener Maxine Clement will be staging a walk and talk at noon both days.

Learn about the different varieties of roses, their history and top tips for growing your own.

Climbing roses
Climbing roses

On Thursday, June 20, head gardener at Sissinghurst, Troy Scott Smith, presents Radiant Roses at the Barn Theatre between 2pm and 3pm.

The talk and cream tea will see him talk all things roses, from rose care and pruning, to planting and companion planting, followed

by afternoon tea in the tea room. Tickets cost £15, which include the afternoon tea.

See roses with the National Trust
See roses with the National Trust

On Wednesday, June 26, assistant head gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Guy Pullen, will be demonstrating and discussing rose car, planting and pruning at noon.

Both events are free and do not need to be booked, though normal admission charges apply.

Details at nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place or call 01580 762334.

Read more: All the latest events across Kent

The 16th century Smallhythe Place
The 16th century Smallhythe Place

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