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  • Environmentally friendly toilets!

    Rosemoor Garden on 30 Jan 2009 at 11:11 AM

    The Rosemoor Visitor Centre has been kitted out with some brand new toilets – and not only do they look good, they are also helping to be kind to the environment – one of the RHS’s driving goals. The ladies toilets have been completely gutted and re-vamped, and equipped with toilets with the lowest volume of flush available in the UK – using less than half the amount of water than the old ones!


  • Feed the Birds!

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Jan 2009 at 12:03 PM

    It is a real joy to see (and hear) so many birds in and around the garden – especially at this time of year when they are so much more visible, with no leaves on the trees. They do appreciate some supplementary feeding to see them through the winter, and we have got several feeding stations around the garden, which provide a great opportunity for the visitors to watch the birds at close quarters.


  • One Stump or Two?

    Rosemoor Garden on 28 Jan 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Today has been an exciting day for me.  Why? - Well, I absolutely love ferns and I had been given the opportunity to customise an existing fernery that I had recently taken under my wing.

    The fernery is situated on the track to the rear of Rosemoor House, and can be reached from either end of the Exotic Garden


  • Tree felling in River Wood

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Jan 2009 at 01:17 PM
    Recently I went with colleagues Rod and Tom, and my fellow student Michael, to River Wood - an area of woodland owned by the RHS and situated between the Lower Woodland Walk and the River Torridge - to help with the felling of two young trees. Three years ago the Rosemoor team planted around 6,000 saplings of local indigenous tree species in this area as part of an on-going programme to return it to something resembling the original ancient woodland. While River Wood is not currently accessible to the public for safety reasons, the progress of the new planting can be seen from the Lower Woodland Walk that runs to the west of the Formal Garden.  

    The two trees in question, an Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and an Alder (Alnus glutinosa), were overhanging a path and needed to be removed.  To prevent the tree from becoming 'hung up' on surrounding trees the Ash was felled using a standard felling cut called a dog tooth cut.


  • Mind the icebergs!

    Rosemoor Garden on 22 Jan 2009 at 02:16 PM

    Matt Fry and I (Phil Peard) on the Estates Department have various tasks to carry out during the year, some interesting some not, some hot and others cold -very cold!

    It was a typical Devon winter’s day; the sun was just coming up over the tree tops and the decision was made to remove the stone (gabion) basket from in front of our water extraction point on the River Torridge. The 600mm pipe had become silted up, but to clear it safely we had to wait until the river had dropped enough for us to actually climb down the bank & stand in the river with our waders on.  We had also decided to wait until the temperature had risen from around -7ºC to a balmy -2ºC


  • There’s a buzz in the air as our ‘tree boys’ get to work.

    Rosemoor Garden on 22 Jan 2009 at 02:11 PM

    The autumn and winter months present an ideal opportunity to carry out essential tree work, which makes this a busy time for our tree care specialists. The work takes a variety of forms, such as the de-limbing of regal old oaks (Quercus robur) for reasons of safety and plant health, with the aid of a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) and chainsaw as seen here.


  • Snails!

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Jan 2009 at 03:58 PM

    With all this rainy weather, the snails at Rosemoor are having a field day! These ones were found on one of our signs here at Rosemoor, and Gardener Dave Squire thought they might be having a conversation along the following lines...!


  • Working notes of an RHS Fruit and Veg Gardener - December overview

    Rosemoor Garden on 12 Jan 2009 at 04:01 PM


    When we were potting on our young grapevine plants just before Christmas we found a few vine weevil larvae among their roots.


  • Up, up and away…!

    Rosemoor Garden on 09 Jan 2009 at 02:22 PM
    “Do you like heights..?”
     Not a question I am often asked as a trainee gardener, but it was for a special reason today. The wisteria growing on the front of Rosemoor House in Lady Anne’s Garden (now rented out as lovely holiday apartments) was due for its annual haircut, and this meant that we needed the assistance of a “cherrypicker”.


     In need of a haircut


  • Re-thatching in the Cottage Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 09 Jan 2009 at 02:04 PM

    The centrepiece of Rosemoor’s Cottage Garden is, without doubt, the thatched shelter.


  • Colour and scent in the depths of Winter

    Rosemoor Garden on 09 Jan 2009 at 01:56 PM

    The flowering shrubs in the Winter Garden really cheer you up on those days when it never seems to get fully light and the temperature is hovering around freezing point. 

    Our specimens of Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ are looking particularly good at the moment.  Their deep yellow flowers provide a good display over a long period and have the added bonus of being scented.  The cream-coloured flowers of Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ (one of the winter-flowering honeysuckles) are less showy than those of the Mahonia, but they more than make up for this with their sweet scent.  


  • Rosemoor’s new family picnic area – The Brash

    Rosemoor Garden on 09 Jan 2009 at 01:33 PM

    Work is now well under way to create an area designated as a family picnic and play area, situated in the woodland just south of the Foliage Garden in the Formal Garden, which will be known as 'The Brash'.