RHS Garden Rosemoor

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On A3124, Great Torrington,
Devon, EX38 8PH


01805 624717


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Every day except Christmas Day; Apr - Sept 10am- 6pm; Oct - Mar 10am - 5pm. last admission one hour before closing
Visitor Centre closes noon Christmas Eve until 10am 27th Dec.
** Group visits must be booked in advance on 01805 626810

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Reduced rates for groups of 10 on more. Free parking and free entry for group organiser

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

All year round interest.

To see:
Admission Prices

Adults £9.85* incl Gift Aid, £8.95 excl Gift Aid
Children5 - 16 years £4.95* incl Gift Aid, £4.50 excl Gift Aid
Family 2+22 adults + 2 children £25.15* incl Gift Aid, £22.80 excl Gift Aid
Additional child £4.19*/£3.80
Groups (10+ per party)** £7.95 per person
Green travel bus or bicycle £7.65 (6.95 excl Gift Aid)
** Group visits must be booked in advance on 01805 626810

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

A spectacular display of over 2,000 roses with 200 varieties, colour themed gardens, herb garden and potager. Extensive herbaceous borders, cottage garden, foliage and plantsman's garden, winter garden, fruit & vegetable garden. Woodland walks, lake, gazebo, 3 model gardens - a town garden, a terraced garden and a shade garden. The Brash - a new family play and picnic area.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

Cornus, Iris and Ilex

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Pines, Eastleigh No Place (B&B) Ebberly (01769 560879)

Inns & Pubs:

Windsor House, Torrington. Tel: 01805 623529
The Old Parsonage,Winkleigh. Tel: 01837 83772
Black Horse, Torrington, Union Inn, Dolton

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

There are few other gardens which balance to such effect the old and new, and demonstrate such a wide range of interest throughout the year. The beautiful garden, created over just a few years, is connected to the mature planting of Lady Anne's garden by a winding rock gorge, planted with ferns and bamboos. The stream running from the gorge and the bog garden leads to an enchanting lake.

The original garden at Rosemoor, tucked into the north-east corner of the estate, is very much a plantsman's garden, created by Lady Anne Berry over a period of some 30 years. Dominated by the surrounding woodlands, it contains a number of discrete areas where choice subjects take full advantage of the warmth and shelter offered by the south-westerly aspect and high ground to the north. The new garden areas complement and contrast with Lady Anne's garden, featuring a great diversity of garden styles, with something of interest for all gardeners throughout the year.

The new garden area at Rosemoor is still in the early stages of development. In the garden's first 10 years, the emphasis has been upon relatively intensive and highly ornamental gardens, with roses, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, stream and bog plants and produce of all kinds.

In years to come, visitors to Rosemoor will find a garden consisting of natural woodland hinterland surrounding more open arboretum, parkland and woodland garden areas, themselves enclosing the jewels at the heart of the garden - the Formal Garden, Anne's Garden, the Stream Garden and Lake and the Fruit and Vegetable Garden.

History Of Garden

Originally the property of Lorde Rolle, a local landowner and millowner, the house, dating from the 1780s, was bought by Lady Anne Berry's father in 1923 as a family fishing lodge to be used only from March to May. Following the death of her father in 1931, Lady Anne moved to Rosemoor and with the help of her mother began some landscaping of the garden. However it was only in 1959, while recuperating from measles in Spain, that she met Collingwood Cherry Ingram, who opened her eyes to the possibilities of plant collecting and starting a garden of her own at Rosemoor.

Lady Anne subsequently travelled widely in South America, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, the USA and Japan to build up the collection of 4,000 plants in her garden which she generously presented to the RHS in 1988. The bequest comprised 8 acres around the house and a further 32 acres of pastureland. The masterplan architects for the RHS were Elizabeth Banks Associates.

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