David Austin: The Roses Expert

How to Grow Roses Course


  • Course length: 4 weeks

  • Next start dates: 2nd September 2015 & 7th October 2015

  • Course price: £145 (Approx. US$232)

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.

Hello my name is Michael Marriott, welcome to your how to grow roses course. Wherever you are in the world, I can help you plan and nurture a beautiful rose garden. I will help you choose the right rose for your situation, and advise on everything from pruning roses, to fragrance and color combinations.

This rose growing course looks at the world of roses, the many ways they can be used in the garden and how to look after them. In the last lecture we will investigate their very varied fragrances, how to breed new varieties of roses and commercial production methods. You will be taught by the very best at David Austin Roses, and we will cover which type of roses to grow for your situation and climate, and many recommendations on the best varieties of rose to plant for colour, climbers or fragrance.

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 Content


Week One:  A look at the world of roses, the different groups and their main characteristics

Week Two:  The many ways the rose can be used in the garden

Week Three:  How to look after the rose from variety choice to pruning

Week Four:   Assorted pieces – the very varied world of rose fragrances; Rose breeding and introducing new varieties; Commercial rose production 

Online Course Benefits

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from, and access to, some of the best tutors in the world.
  • Weekly video tutorials, allowing you to revisit lectures again and again.
  • Weekly assignments which are critiqued by your expert tutor - most students find this feedback one of the most valuable aspects of the course
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript (your own four part ebook of the course)
  • All this is done within 'MyClassRoom' - your own virtual, community based global classroom
  • Vibrant social network communities
  • At the end of your course, if you successfully complete your course, you will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge (available to download from your classroom)

To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!


Anyone who's interested in roses, wherever you are.

Booking a Place

MyGardenSchool Gardening Courses Start on the First Saturday of Every Month.  You can book your course up to two months in advance:

Your tutor will make their video lectures available to you each Saturday morning for four weeks, and will support you throughout the course. Book now to secure a place!

How to Grow Roses; Rose Growing Course

This growing roses course, will help you understand how to prune roses, choosing a rose bush, and looking after roses, wherever you are in the world.   Roses are one of the most romantic plants, and to understand more about roses, you will be learning from one of the world's best rose experts, David Austin.  You'll understand English Roses, Tea Roses, Shrub Roses, Climbing Roses and Roses for every situation.  Michael Marriott will talk you through roses for shade, roses for clay soils, roses for sandy soils, roses to plant in Japan, Roses for hot climates and much more.
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