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David Austin Roses Talks

This July, be inspired to plant, grow and enjoy the most iconic of English flowers – the rose – at talks by or inspired by the world-famous rose specialists, David Austin Roses.

At select centres, talks will be given by David Austin Roses expert Mike Sokolowski. We will also be sharing the knowledge behind decades of exceptional breeding at several additional Hillier Garden Centres, where our plant experts, trained by David Austin Roses, will hold talks.

About the Talks

The talks will take you behind the scenes of one of the world’s largest breeding programmes. You will get an insight into the scale and intricacies of breeding new Rose varieties, from seed through to launch at the Chelsea Flower Show. The David Austin Roses knowledge and passion for growing and caring for roses will be shared, including how you can create wonderful design schemes in your garden with companion planting and English Climbing Roses.

Guests at the talks will also get a sneak preview of this year’s new David Austin Rose varieties.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the world of David Austin’s English Roses, which are characterised by their beautiful, multi-petalled flower forms, fragrance and natural bushy habit.  The entertaining and relaxed talks will also tell the fascinating story of the company’s history and the founder’s lifetime spent pursuing his craft of breeding roses.

About Mike Sokolowski

Mike’s career in Commercial Horticulture started at the age of 15, working in a small mixed Shrub and Houseplant nursery.  Following his degree in Horticulture, he has worked in production and planning at a number of prestigious nurseries in the UK and continental Europe.

Mike has worked for David Austin Roses for 10 years. His in-depth horticultural knowledge, gained during his career in the industry, will be shared at his talks including invaluable tips for proper cultivation, planting and care advice.


Friday 14 July @ 10:30am | Hillier Garden Centre Winchester – talk by Mike Sokolowski 

Friday 14 July @ 2:00pm | Hillier Garden Centre Braishfield – talk by Mike Sokolowski 

Saturday 15 July @ 10:30am | Hillier Garden Centre Newbury – talk by Mike Sokolowski

Saturday 15 July @ 2:30pm | Hillier Garden Centre Sunningdale – talk by Mike Sokolowski

Tuesday 18 July @ 10:30am | Hillier Garden Centre Botley – talk by Rob Sturrock, Hillier Plant Area Manager


£5 (guests receive a £5 voucher off any David Austin Rose purchased)


Talks last up to 1.5 hours