The Briar Rose paintings

Sleeping beauty entwined in roses

How Reynolds Hole fell in love with roses

The vicar who helped popularise roses in Victorian Britain

Should I plant scarlet pimpernel?

Flower with a curious Nottingham connection

A fond farewell for Dickson roses

Legendary nursery to close

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Martin Stott is an award-winning journalist who has written for most of the UK national press and reported from 21 countries for the BBC World Service and Radio 4. The storyteller garden history blog combines his passion for storytelling, gardening and history.