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Garden Museum – Robert Mattock Roses - Nursery in Residence

May 7th- 9th 2009

This experimental collaboration between Robert Mattock and Christopher Woodward’s team that included Anne Jennings and Jess was acclaimed a great success

The Museum was filled with a breathtaking display of ‘Show Roses’ grown by Robert Mattock and exhibited to show a ‘time line’ of the historic garden roses that have made the rose our national emblem and the country’s most popular flower. Mattock staged walk-around fragrant shrubberies which surrounded huge towers of climbers and ramblers.  Rural craftswoman Julia Thomas from Tetsworth in Oxfordshire layered hedges of wild roses that were set in lawns of Goodwin’s natural Derbyshire turf. Garden roses from Mattock’s nursery were on sale and set the theme for a series of related animations, including a talk by garden historian Jenny Potter whose new book on the cultural history of the rose will be published next year.   Other highlights included talks by Charles Quest-Ritson of the Historic Roses Group on ‘Roses our Heritage’ and Bath University gave an insight into the Restoration and Conservation of Historic Gardens.   Robert Mattock introduced an exciting new hypothesis entitled the ‘Silk Road Hybrids’, he sought to explain how historically our repeat flowering roses arrived from the orient.   



Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Mattock’s twenty seven clients this year used his roses to great effect at Chelsea. Congratulations! The roses helped to win:

Best Show Garden designed by Ulf Nordfjell for The Daily Telegraph

Best Courtyard Garden designed by Stephen Hall and Jane Besser

Urban Garden, Gold Medal for Jane Brock bank and Angus Thompson

Plus four Golds, two Silver Gilt Floras, and several Silver Floras, Bronze Floras and Awards of Merit.

Jeff Hewitt’s Courtyard Garden 

The Mattock family started dealing with Mr. Redwood senior, the stone mason of Wells, in the late nineteen sixties when they sold his stone garden ornaments through their garden centres. Both businesses have evolved over the years to the point where Robert Mattock now found himself again in 2009 working in collaboration with the Redwoods, this time with brothers Tim and Martin on restoration and conservation schemes involving historic gardens.

The Mattock-Redwood Stone Collaboration


Jane Brockbank and Angus Thompson’ Urban Garden


BBC Gardener`s World Live , 10-14th June

Several of our clients won top awards including Marney Hall who with The Highways Agency won an RHS Gold Medal and Best Show Garden award for their garden which they named “Your England: From Information to Destination”.

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