Roses bloom with free Grow How session at Dobbies’ Swindon store

By Jamie Hill - 2 June 2023

Home and Garden

Have you ever dreamt of growing your own Roses? Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre, is hosting a free Grow How session in its Swindon store to show customers how to grow and care for the classic Rose.

One of Dobbies’ best-selling plants, the retailer sold over 150,000 Roses across the UK in 2022.

Favourite varieties included, Aromatique and Perfumed Passion from the Fragrant Rose Collection, Very Berry from the Edible Petals Range, and Wedding Wishes from the Celebration Rose Collection.

Suitable for both amateur and seasoned gardeners, this interactive Grow How session takes place in Dobbies’ Swindon store on Saturday 3 June at 10:30am.

Dobbies' horticulture experts will showcase the different varieties of Roses ranging from shrubs to climbing and rambling Roses, and where they would best bloom in the garden.

Attendees will also learn how to take their gardens to the next level by incorporating Roses with complementary plants for maximum impact. They will also be shown how to care for Roses, including feeding them for growth, combatting diseases and pests in a sustainable way, and preventing pruning mistakes.

Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers in Swindon along to this special Grow How session. Roses are one of the most iconic flowers to grow because they come in so many different varieties, and anyone can grow them successfully with their right guidance.”

Marcus’s step-by-step guide on planting Roses:

• With a garden spade, dig a hole slightly deeper than your Rose's growing container, add a little amount of fertiliser to the hole, and plant your Rose

• Fill in around the plant with a mixture of soil and farmyard manure

• Water and feed regularly with Dobbies Liquid Rose, Shrub and Tree Feed drenched onto the surrounding soil, then cover with mulch to help retain moisture

• Each winter, prune with secateurs to remove any dead, sick, or damaged stems and faded flowers to maintain the shape of the Roses and stimulate new shoots in the spring

For more information about how to take part in Dobbies’ Grow How session, visit

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