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Taught by Michael Marriott

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Course Description

Suitable for all abilities

The rose is exceptional in the plant world. Not only is it an extremely valuable garden plant that can be grown in most climates around the world. There is no other plant that has such a symbolic and close cultural association with us.  Michael Marriott is the world leading expert on roses and Chief Rosarian at David Austin Roses.  

Wherever you are in the world, Michael will help you plan and nurture a beautiful rose garden. He will help you choose the right rose for your situation, and advise on everything from pruning roses, to fragrance and color combinations. 

Roses vary in size from tiny little plants a few centimetres tall to huge ramblers growing tens of metres into trees. Their flowers can be just a few millimetres across or 20cm or more and the number of petals range from five (occasionally four) to 200. There is no other plant with such a wide range of completely different fragrances and few with such a geographical range. In the wild you can find them in all parts of the northern hemisphere and in every climate except the truly tropical. In the garden too, whether you live in the cold climates of Hokkaido or Canada, the heat of Florida or India or simply in Hampshire - there is a garden rose that will suit your climate. 

Course outline

  • The Wonderful World of Roses

    A look at the world of roses, the different groups and their main characteristics
  • The Many Ways to Use Roses in the Garden

    The many ways the rose can be used in the garden
  • How to Look After Roses

    How to look after the rose from variety choice to pruning
  • Breeding roses, how roses are grown commercially, designing rose garden, rose fragrances

    Assorted pieces – the very varied world of rose fragrances; how to breed new varieties of roses and commercial production methods.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Michael Marriott

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Michael Marriott
    • Certificate of completion from Michael Marriott
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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About Michael Marriott

My first port of call for a Roses expert, is always Michael Marriott, the chief rosarian at David Austin Roses. He’s worked at the David Austin headquarters for 32 years.

Val Bourne, The Telegraph
I have worked with David Austin Roses for over 25 years. During this time I've become one of the world's leading authorities on roses and designed many private and public rose gardens around the world. I continue to grow many roses in my own garden, which I run on organic principles and have never sprayed. I select only those varieties that combine both health and beauty and I grow them alongside other plants to help prevent the spread of pests and diseases. I'm a great believer in common sense gardening and when it comes to pruning, I'm keen to go back to basic principles so that students can easily apply their knowledge to any rose they encounter. I'm a passionate believer that the rose is an exceptionally valuable garden plant. What other plant can potentially have a beautiful individual flower, a wonderful fragrance, flower for several months of the year and be easy to look after? There is nothing that approaches them for sheer garden worthiness.

I wanted to teach and share my knowledge through Learning with Experts to help share my passion for roses globally. I'm also keen to hear from you, wherever you are in the world, and I do continue to learn from my students here about different experiences you have with your own roses. I look forward to seeing you in class.

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