To improve the range and diversity of the roses growing here at Rosemoor we decided to open up an area that has always been a little problematic for us; the path between the Herb Garden and the Shrub Rose Garden (SRG) which used to have an 8ft hedge running down each side; creating a rather dark and uninviting area of the garden.
My suggestion was to open this up by taking out the hedge bordering the SRG and replacing it with rose arches so we could grow a much more vigorous rose than our catenary swags allow. This gave me the opportunity to grow an old favourite of many, Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière' AGM,” this is an old variety that has proved to be reliable and if there is one thing that we have learned from gardening in this Devon valley is that reliability always wins. We also intend to use two others, R. “Narrow Water” a repeat flowering rambler of moderate height and a pillar rose of 7ft R. WARM WELCOME 'Chewizz' AGM.
Next we had to find someone to build the rose arches for us; we have recently had a Cob roundhouse built in the new learning centre with a rather complicated roof built by a carpenter from Torrington, Tim. We wanted the rose arch to be built out of green oak so that it would weather nicely and should last awhile. We agreed a price with Tim, and over the course of a few weeks we gradually saw it take shape.
The Rose arch taking shape
It has two sections each of five uprights connected along the top with a rail; it follows the old hedge line. The difference is quite remarkable in the way it allows more light and gives a more open feel to this one time very uninteresting and dark pathway.
Talented Tim from Torrington
Tim completed the job on time and we all think he made an excellent job so conferring on him the title of, Talented Tim from Torrington.
Rose arch ready to be planted