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  • A Christmas Spruce by Andrew Lane

    sheiladearing on 21 Dec 2012 at 02:19 PM

    It’s that beautiful time of year once again, where frosty mists hang in the valleys; roaring fires keep the cold out and warm our toes; and many people decorate a traditional Christmas tree with lights and baubles to brighten up the long nights.

    At RHS Garden Rosemoor however, it’s a slight variation on a theme. Instead of a warm cosy fire in the grate, it is blazing bonfires and instead of decorating a quaint little spruce, we’re burning them! This is a continuation of our on-going battle against the dreaded Great Spruce Bark Beetle (Dendroctonus micans)


  • Fencing in the Car Park by Sally Cosgrove

    sheiladearing on 12 Dec 2012 at 08:37 AM

    Over the course of a weekend a few of the garden staff started the first phase of an upgrade to Rosemoor’s car park. Our job was to erect fencing around a section of the perimeter of the car park, leaving walk-through gaps for easy access to the picnic tables on the grass. The new fencing will prevent cars from driving onto the surrounding lawn areas which ruins the edge and turns the grass into mud. Any sturdy fence can be used for this job but we chose wooden knee-high fencing, or bird mouth fencing, as it is solid, leaves a neat finish and isn’t so high as to block a view.

    The first part of the project was to ensure that precise measurements were made so that the fence posts were the correct distances apart. We used a motorised earth auger to create neat holes for the posts to go in. An auger is a drilling device that, due to its rotating screw blade, is able to remove the earth that is being drilled. Despite this, one of us needed to be on hand with a small shovel to remove any excess soil. Some of the drilling on the edge of the road was tough in places as the ground was incredibly stony. Perseverance was key, however, as to avoid a wonky fence it was important to make sure that all of the holes were at the same level


  • Nuthatches in Lady Anne’s Garden by Penny King

    sheiladearing on 20 Nov 2012 at 01:43 PM

    Rosemoor plays host to many interesting birds throughout the year, both resident and migrating. On many occasions, whilst tending to the pot displays on the Veranda of Rosemoor House,  I have witnessed visits from our nuthatches. Here are some photos I took for you to have a look at…


  • The British Pteridological Society comes to Rosemoor! Hoorah! by Penny King

    sheiladearing on 20 Nov 2012 at 12:25 PM

    On 5th October at Rosemoor Garden, it was FREE Friday!

    Free Friday offers the public a chance to come and experience the wonderful garden of Rosemoor without paying the usual entry fee at this special event


  • Apple Day

    admin on 19 Oct 2012 at 03:21 PM

    On Sunday 7 October RHS Garden Rosemoor held another popular Apple Day. One of the stars of the show had to be Hallwood Farm Fresh Veg and their lovely pigs.

    Throughout the day on Sunday there were two orchard pigs in the Fruit Garden Field to entertain and educate visitors, kindly bought by Richard and Ruth Kelsey of Hallwood Fresh Veg. When these pigs arrived in the morning they were nameless so numerous families entered a competition to name them, the prize was a case of Rosemoor Apple Juice. Judged by Rosemoor’s Events Team and Peter Earl, Horticultural Team Leader of the Fruit and Veg Garden Team the winning names are … drum roll please … Rooter and Hooter by the Wilkins Family of Taunton, Somerset


  • Removal of the Box Hedges in the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden by James Shepherd

    admin on 19 Oct 2012 at 03:06 PM

    Visitors to Rosemoor over the past few weeks will have noticed that the box hedges in the centre of the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden have been removed. The hedges had been showing symptoms of box blight for a while, but the amount of die-back had recently reached the point where the hedges were looking unsightly and the decision to remove them had to be made.

    Box blight is a disease of box plants caused by two different fungi. In all cases the leaves will turn brown and fall, leaving bare patches. In some cases black streaks will appear on the young stems and they will then die back


  • Ferny Fun at Rowden Garden Nusery by Penny King

    admin on 19 Oct 2012 at 02:24 PM

    Sometimes, working as a Gardener at Rosemoor, I get the chance to visit specialist nurseries to source unusual plants.

    Jonathan Hutchinson and I travelled to Rowden Gardens located at , Brentor, Tavistock,  to visit John and Galen Carter. They have run a specialist nursery of rare and unusual aquatic, damp loving and herbaceous plants for some years now. It is a well-respected nursery (visits by appointment only - and we have used them on many occasions over the years


  • No Milling About by David Perry

    sheiladearing on 11 Sep 2012 at 09:27 AM

    We have just had a ‘Lucas’ sawmill hired in to mill oak trees that have been harvested or removed from the garden during recent years. Those of us from the garden team that helped run the mill with operator Ross; contracted in from ‘Woodmanship’ based in Haldon Forest, were a bit frazzled by the time we packed up at 6:30pm on the third day! 


  • Tomato Leaf Problems by Peter Adams

    sheiladearing on 13 Aug 2012 at 02:11 PM


    Visitors to the allotment area at the Peter Buckley Learning Centre here at RHS Rosemoor may have seen some unusual damage that has occurred to the leaves of the tomato plants. We planted 64 plants as part of a trail in the polytunnel, however in recent weeks we have witnessed some strange distortions occurring.


  • Buzz and Rumble in the Rosemoor Jungle…. by John Bridge

    sheiladearing on 09 Aug 2012 at 02:04 PM

    It’s that time of year again, schools have broken up and kids are on the loose craving for excitement. Parents are pulling out their hair trying to keep them amused. What better way to do so than with a trip down to Rosemoor for a bash on the drums and a lesson in rhythm and African Culture.

     “ Lots of enthusiastic happy faces as the musical session got under way” Read More...

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