Rosemoor Garden Rhs
RHS Rosemoor Garden
near Great Torrington, Devon
Uncover RHS Garden Rosemoor, nestled within encircling woodlands, it's a garden whose varied character reflects the history of the site.
Nestled in the Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit in every season; cherry trees blossom in the spring, the iconic Hot Garden dazzles with vibrant colours in summer, while the woodlands blaze with autumn finery and the Winter Garden catches the eye later in the year.
Relaunched in 2020 as The Cool Garden, the area formerly known as the Spiral Garden, has been redesigned by multi-award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson and opened as the Cool Garden. The garden provides an inspiring example of how a designed landscape can help deal with heavy rainfall and flash flooding - a typical occurrence in Devon and an increasing challenge elsewhere in the UK due to climate change. The former Spiral Garden, planted in 1992, was designed by Tom Stuart-Smith shortly after Rosemoor was gifted to the RHS.
The original garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor was created by Lady Anne Berry, and is a true plantsman's garden. The whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland, and the acidic soil and valley-bottom location proffer their own challenges, as despite a generally mild climated, the garden is subject to frosts from October through to May. Highly ornamental gardens with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs were established during the first ten years of the gardens' life, and now the emphasis has shifted to more extensive, long-term projects. For example, the surrounding woodlands have been purchased and are being carefully managed to reintroduce native trees and wild flowers - and of course encourage wildlife. Here we share some the highlights of RHS Garden Rosemoor.
The stream runs alongside the main pathway leading to Lady Anne's Garden, it was landscaped using boulders to achieve the effect of walking through a deep rock gully.
The woodland garden and woodland banks sit on a steep west-facing slope and form part of Lady Anne's original garden. The planting features a huge variety of ornamental woodland trees and shrubs.
The fruit and vegetable garden contains a mouth-watering display of produce grown in a variety of ways to demonstrate to the home gardener the possibilities for their own plot.
The vibrant hot garden reaches a peak in summer, when the form, texture and vivid colours of the perennials provide an exciting contrast with the delicate flower heads of ornamental grasses.
Here, we have fulfilled the romantic ideal of the cottage garden, with brick pathways and beds crammed with a classic mix of flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials.
This sheltered courtyard-style garden offers excellent growing conditions for a range of plants including camellias, acers, peonies and a selection of choice woodland perennials.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.