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  • SCARECROW FESTIVAL AT ROSEMOOR

    sheiladearing on 04 Feb 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Even now in late winter time the days are already lengthening and the precious sunlight is creeping over the cold earth warming the soil and bringing the promise of new life. From times immemorial this is that vital period when, if man is to survive, he must plant the seeds for the crops which will grow... Read More...

  • Birds in the Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 16 Feb 2010 at 11:09 AM

    This half term week we are celebrating birds in the garden here at Rosemoor. With over 100 bird boxes and numerous bird feeders situated all over the garden there is no end of feathered friends to be seen. February is a perfect time for seeing birds in the garden. They are more easily spotted without... Read More...

  • If you love Rosemoor, then why not stay a while?

    Rosemoor Garden on 08 Feb 2010 at 09:48 AM

    Is it possible that the trends for a so called ‘staycation’ has survived the wash out in 2009 and Britons in their hordes will be visiting Devon to appreciate some of the uniquely beautiful scenery on offer and maybe even sample some of the local delicacies, (to be honest that’s just cider!) ? Certainly... Read More...

  • Pruning the ramblers

    Rosemoor Garden on 02 Dec 2009 at 10:04 AM

    We have started the pruning of our roses here at Rosemoor and the first group to get our attention are the rambling roses. We grow late flowering Clematis with most of our ramblers to extend the season of interest, generally ramblers do not have a second flush of blooms, so the Clematis carry the display... Read More...

  • Wrapping up for Winter

    Rosemoor Garden on 30 Nov 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Looking like giant clumps of rhubarb that wouldn’t be out of place on the set of ‘Jurassic Park’, the Gunnera manicata growing along the stream and around the lake at Rosemoor provide a great spectacle from spring until autumn and provoke a lot of questions from visitors. The huge leaves of Gunnera manicata... Read More...

  • Carving a niche

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Nov 2009 at 01:29 PM

    Rosemoor’s first large scale garden sculpture exhibition opens on the 27th November and will run through to the end of February – we hope you’ll come along and enjoy it! We’ve been delighted (and perhaps a little bit surprised too!) by all the interest and enthusiasm that its generated, from the many... Read More...

  • Rosemoor explodes with Autumn colour

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Oct 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Autumn is a very exciting time at Rosemoor as the garden explodes into colour! Our wonderful autumnal days are just perfect for a relaxing stroll around the Garden. The garden sits in a wooded valley which is itself turning colour, and once inside the gate you can marvel at the rich colours on trees... Read More...

  • Happy 200th Birthday to the Bramley Apple!

    Rosemoor Garden on 13 Oct 2009 at 12:10 PM

    As part of Rosemoors’ Apple Day celebrations we were honoured to have been donated a ‘limited edition’ Bramley Apple tree that had been grafted from the original that is still going strong 200 years on in Nottinghamshire. The graft (one of 200) was donated to Rosemoor by the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers... Read More...

  • Google Street View Trike pays a visit to Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Sep 2009 at 01:37 PM

    Super fit Google Maps tryclist Rhys, and his Google Street View trike, visited Rosemoor this Thursday and Friday, to take photographs of the entire garden which will show up on Google Street View searches in the future. The initiative will put Rosemoor right on the virtual map, tempting people at home... Read More...

  • A Taste of Autumn

    Rosemoor Garden on 23 Sep 2009 at 11:10 AM

    It’s that time of year again! RHS Garden Rosemoor is getting ready for its ‘Taste of Autumn’ festival, which this year runs from 26 September – 26 October. The month will be dedicated to championing local produce, autumn flavours and growing your own veg through a series of special Garden events. This... Read More...

  • Mice Create a Stir in the Hot Garden!

    Rosemoor Garden on 18 Sep 2009 at 11:37 AM

    It's not just the visitors at Rosemoor that are taking advantage of the warm weather this September: Some of our furry friends are making the most of it too! There were three incredibly cute looking mice in the Hot Garden yesterday afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and stuffing themselves on grasses... Read More...

  • BLIGHT ON GLASSHOUSE TOMATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Sep 2009 at 01:37 PM

    For the last few years we have suffered from blight on our glasshouse tomatoes. Prior to that it was very unusual to get blight in the house. It appeared this year on the 6th August. There are supposed to be more aggressive strains of blight around now and this could be the cause of our problem. Also... Read More...

  • BAD YEAR FOR WASPS

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Sep 2009 at 11:26 AM

    For the last two or three years we have had very little trouble from wasps but this year we have been plagued by them especially on the fruit. Great care is needed when picking or collecting drops in the morning not to get stung especially as the hornets are about as well. We have a good crop of figs... Read More...

  • Around the World in 80 Instruments

    Rosemoor Garden on 03 Sep 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Australia week (17th – 23rd August), part of our Global Planthunter Adventures theme for the summer, was a great success with action packed events and activities happening everyday. The creepy crawly shows have had kids and parents on the edge of their seats and other novelties such as face painting... Read More...

  • Estate boundary hedges.

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Aug 2009 at 04:03 PM

    We estate people don’t mess around when it comes to cutting the estate boundary hedges; we could use an electric hedge trimmer but the extension cable wouldn’t be long enough; we could use a 2 stroke trimmer but we would be there all year So instead we hire contractors to do the job. The machines they... Read More...

  • Meadow care

    Rosemoor Garden on 24 Aug 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Meadow care 1 Here at Rosemoor we always try to garden with Wildlife in mind. To this end, the garden staff have gradually been extending the areas of grass given over to wild flower meadow. These areas are a haven for wildlife and have the added advantage of being beautiful informal swathes of colour... Read More...

  • SUMMER PRUNING OF APPLES AND PEARS

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Aug 2009 at 04:07 PM

    We have started summer pruning of our apples and pears which have been trained as cordons, fans and espaliers. These are called restricted forms as opposed to the normal orchard trees grown as a bush or half-standard, which are normally pruned in the winter. This type of pruning keeps the plants “restricted... Read More...

  • Summer maintenance in the Long Borders

    Rosemoor Garden on 03 Aug 2009 at 04:11 PM

    The Long Borders at Rosemoor have been looking very colourful over the past couple of months, with good displays from the shrub roses, lupins, delphiniums, day lilies and Siberian irises, to name but a few plants. In order to maintain the momentum of interest in the borders so that they continue to look... Read More...

  • Learning Plant Names

    Rosemoor Garden on 31 Jul 2009 at 03:19 PM

    Hello, my name is James and I volunteer at Rosemoor every Friday and I help my best friend, Penny. Also, I help other gardeners and work with the Maintenance Team. One of my favourite things is learning plant names. Every week I take a photo of a plant and learn the name. Then I add it to my portfolio... Read More...

  • LEEKS FOLLOW POTATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Jul 2009 at 01:32 PM

    Leeks are always a reliable, normally trouble-free crop although recently Leek Moth is proving a real problem in some areas. Thankfully it has not arrived at Roesmoor yet. Our leeks were transplanted this week following the lifting of the early potatoes, caught by early blight. Leeks are normally sown... Read More...

  • LIME-INDUCED CHLOROSIS ON RASPBERRIES

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Jul 2009 at 12:53 PM

    I have noticed over the last few years a “yellowing” of the leaves on the raspberries and on the affected plants a general unhealthy look. This normally occurs around early summer. My first reaction was that this was some form of lime-induced chlorosis but as Rosemoor soils are generally acidic it presented... Read More...

  • BLIGHT ON NEW POTATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Jul 2009 at 04:02 PM

    The first potato blight of the season has arrived at Rosemoor (6th July). We get blight every year so we only grow earlies although we have over the last few years had success with the blight resistant main crop ‘Sarpo’ types. The best thing to do when you first see the blight on the leaves is to pull... Read More...

  • LOSING THE CHERRIES

    Rosemoor Garden on 01 Jul 2009 at 10:18 AM

    We grow a number of sweet and acid cherries at Rosemoor. Every year we have a fantastic show of blossom on the sweet cherry ‘Sunburst’, which is a fan trained tree on the wall in the veg garden, but every year just as the young cherries are forming they all fall off – very frustrating. The problem first... Read More...

  • "For they are Jolly Good Vollies" ( Part 1)

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Jun 2009 at 10:38 AM

    On many occasions whilst working in the garden, many visitors have stopped me to pay compliment to all the gardeners of Rosemoor on how lovely the garden looks. I am always keen to tell them that we have a lot of help from our volunteers who come in on a regular basis and some choose to help out every... Read More...

  • RUST ON THE GARLIC

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Jun 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Earlier this month I noticed rust appearing on the garlic crop and the chives in the border nearby. No sign of damage on the onions. There was so much rust the soil was covered with orange dust. The normal time to harvest garlic is when the tops start to die down around July to August time but at Rosemoor... Read More...

  • GOOSEBERRY SAWFLY ON THE JOSTABERRY

    Rosemoor Garden on 23 Jun 2009 at 11:26 AM

    For the first time last year (2008) we had a bad attack of Gooseberry Sawfly on the Jostaberry. The plant is about 14 years old and this was the first time I noticed any sawfly damage. I thought it might be something to do with the milder winters but last winter (2008/9) was the coldest for a long time... Read More...

  • Bloomin’ Lovely Scents of Summer!

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Jun 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Rosemoor’s two Rose Gardens are looking (and smelling) absolutely fantastic at the moment, even if I do say so myself! In fact, many of us can’t actually recall a time when the roses and associated planting have looked so good. The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden is the more formal of the two, but in my opinion... Read More...

  • Bender in the Woods

    Rosemoor Garden on 11 Jun 2009 at 04:13 PM

    It’s just our newly constructed play den; just one of the many attractions in our new picnic/play area ‘The Brash’. In case you are still wondering a bender is a construction built using wood and reclaimed material from the surrounding land. Its design is very eco friendly and is used all over the world... Read More...

  • Rosemoor goes to the Royal Cornwall Show!

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Jun 2009 at 09:23 AM

    Rosemoor last exhibited a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 - ‘A Taste of Rosemoor’ - so when we were asked to attend the Royal Cornwall Show this year, we decided to take a little piece of Rosemoor out of the garden once more, to show the public what we have to offer here! Although Rosemoor... Read More...

  • The Garden Writer

    Rosemoor Garden on 04 Jun 2009 at 11:30 AM

    One of the Key Stage 2 topics we offer at Rosemoor is 'The Garden Writer', which incorporates a range of activities all encouraging the students to be more observant and a little more adventurous with their vocabulary. All images - students from Shebbear College take part in 'The Garden Writer'... Read More...

  • A long lost Rhododendron found in Lady Anne’s Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 03 Jun 2009 at 02:25 PM

    Lady Anne’s Garden was already very well developed and mature when it was gifted to the RHS in 1988. Even now there are still areas within this original part of Rosemoor that need redevelopment; and in doing so plants sometimes come to light that are not in the garden records. One such plant was found... Read More...

  • Bring on the Boys!

    Rosemoor Garden on 01 Jun 2009 at 04:22 PM

    This week we have been busy planting our summer bedding which will provide our visitors with a colourful display throughout the summer season. The plants we use are called tender perennials which live year after year in their native countries where they have milder winters such as South Africa and South... Read More...

  • PLANTING GLASSHOUSE TOMATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 May 2009 at 10:57 AM

    We planted glasshouse tomatoes during the first week of May. They were sown on the 10th March and placed on the heated bench in Glasshouse one. This is set to maintain a temperature of 21deg C. They took 6 days to germinate and were pricked out into 7cm pots. These were then potted on into 1 litre pots... Read More...

  • Keeping heathers trim and in shape

    Rosemoor Garden on 28 May 2009 at 04:02 PM

    The winter flowering heathers in the Winter Garden have provided a bright splash of colour over the past few months, but by the end of April the flowers were rapidly fading and we decided it was time to give them their annual trim. Annual pruning of these heathers (Erica carnea, Erica x darleyensis and... Read More...

  • Sew Amazing!

    Rosemoor Garden on 15 May 2009 at 04:22 PM

    It really is 'A Riot of Colour' in the Lecture Hall at Rosemoor this month! The West Country Embroiderers are sharing a fascinating and colourful exhibition from Saturday 16 - Saturday 31 May (11am - 4pm), showcasing work from Embroiderers throughout Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. There are 303... Read More...

  • Cutting out the dead wood

    Rosemoor Garden on 11 May 2009 at 03:49 PM

    The removal of dead wood and crown lifting of the five large oaks on the site of Rosemoor’s new Learning centre started in February and went on through March, fitting in a day or two’s work here and there when time allowed. The dead wooding was done for health and safety reasons, bearing in mind the... Read More...

  • Our Woodland Show Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 05 May 2009 at 02:07 PM

    At the RHS National Rhododendron Show last week, my team and I created a miniature woodland garden highlighting the variety of plants which can be grown in this situation. We do not as such plan the content of the display, it is more down to everyone’s creativity and what plants are in their prime at... Read More...

  • ‘Inspiration from the Wildside’ at Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 21 Apr 2009 at 02:42 PM

    As part of a major new primetime series for Channel 4 featuring Matthew Wilson, RHS Garden Rosemoor has been approached by the renowned and respected gardening team of Ros and Keith Wiley (former Garden Manager of The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum, Devon) to help them to publicise their exciting... Read More...

  • A BOWL OF MIXED SALAD LEAVES

    Rosemoor Garden on 20 Apr 2009 at 04:42 PM

    I particularly like those bags of mixed salad leaves that you can get in the supermarkets. They often contain rocket and are tastier than the ordinary lettuce leaves but are rather expensive. So as an experiment we though that we would try to create a similar mix but with extra flavours. Back in February... Read More...

  • ‘NO HEDGE TOO HIGH’ STARRING ‘JOHN MITCHELL’

    Rosemoor Garden on 15 Apr 2009 at 02:07 PM

    As a new gardener with the RHS, I am experiencing new challenges all of the time and I thought I would share this one with you. This week I was allocated the task of pruning the Sorbus thibetica ‘John Mitchell’. No problem I thought; this couldn’t be further from the truth! ‘John Mitchell’ is usually... Read More...

  • Green manures

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Apr 2009 at 11:48 AM

    In the Fruit and Vegetable garden at Rosemoor we use a number of green manures in our many plots. Green manures have the ability to perform a range of useful gardening functions all at the same time. These include soil improvement in the form of adding organic matter and nutrients to the soil and also... Read More...

  • Easter Chicks!

    Rosemoor Garden on 07 Apr 2009 at 11:56 AM

    At Rosemoor we have been incubating four types of chicken eggs for the last 21 days - and this morning, our first chick hatched - right on time! The newborn little chap is an Old English Pheasant Fowl, and is currently still in the incubator in the foyer, where he will spend his first day, absorbing... Read More...

  • ROSEMOOR MEADOWS

    Rosemoor Garden on 27 Mar 2009 at 04:16 PM

    The dry settled weather has given us the ideal opportunity to plant out our wild flower plugs grown from seed sown on the nursery last year. An area of coarse grass that we are going to develop into a meadow was prepared last September. The vigorous rye grass was scarified and yellow rattle seed sown... Read More...

  • Cleaning out the owl boxes

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Mar 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Here at Rosemoor we have a variety of boxes to encourage wildlife into the garden and surrounding woodland. These include boxes for dormice and owls. Whilst the dormouse boxes can only be touched by those licensed to do so, the owl boxes can be maintained by the staff here. So, with the owl nesting boxes... Read More...

  • Planting Onion Sets and Snow on the Fruit Cage

    Rosemoor Garden on 20 Mar 2009 at 03:20 PM

    Planting Onion Sets Now is the time to plant onion sets. The earlier you can get them into ground the bigger the crop. Once the ground starts to warm up in the spring, which can be as early as mid February here in the south west, onion sets can be planted as long as the soil is dry enough. At Rosemoor... Read More...

  • Appledore Primary School visit Rosemoor for some Weaving and Dyeing

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Mar 2009 at 12:52 PM

    At Rosemoor, we have welcomed school visits since 1993, and now teach thousands of schoolchildren every year about the amazing world of plants. Last week, Appledore Primary School visited to learn about weaving and dyeing with plants. First of all they looked at the stem of a cotton plant, to see the... Read More...

  • Young Bird Photographers!

    Rosemoor Garden on 12 Mar 2009 at 03:07 PM

    Over half term we launched a Children's Photographic Competition as part of our 'Birds in the Garden' half term week. We asked children to capture our feathered friends in the garden, at Rosemoor or when they were out and about. We received so many fantastic photographs, and we have really... Read More...

  • Update on our 3m x 3m veg plot

    Rosemoor Garden on 06 Mar 2009 at 02:44 PM

    Our 3m x 3m veg. plot has come through surprisingly well from what was - for us - quite a hard winter, with long periods of sub zero temperatures (down to -11c at its coldest), and then several days under snow. The plot is presently occupied with a green manure crop (on one half) and a selection of... Read More...

  • Green ‘Waste Not Want Not’

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Feb 2009 at 02:45 PM

    Throughout the year all green waste material from the garden is collected in our bulk material storage area. This green waste includes waste plant material, grass clippings, wood chip, annual weed, branches up to 20mm diameter, root balls and small tree stumps. Green waste awaiting the shredder When... Read More...

  • Bird Count!

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Feb 2009 at 01:56 PM

    The results of Rosemoor's Half Term Bird Count are now in: Over the week, children (and adults) counted the number of Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Blue Tits and Robins that they spotted around the garden. 669 Blackbirds were spotted 703 Chaffinches were spotted 742 Robins were spotted And the winner... Read More...

  • It’s Pumpkin Planting Time Again!

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Feb 2009 at 03:12 PM

    Do you want to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic Pumpkin Competition at RHS Garden Rosemoor this October? Why not start as you mean to go on: apply for your free seed now, and get planting! Pumpkin day (sponsored by Edwin Tucker & Sons Ltd), will be held on Sunday 25 October at Rosemoor... Read More...

  • Beech Logs and Table Tops

    Rosemoor Garden on 24 Feb 2009 at 09:34 AM

    Towards the end of January Rod Knight, Phil and myself, together with a local farm contractor, ventured into Rosemoor’s lower woodland area to cut a number of sizable slabs of beech (Fagus sylvatica) from a fallen tree. These slabs are to become table tops for the new picnic area that is being created... Read More...

  • Fun was had by all this half term at Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 20 Feb 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Rosemoor’s ‘Birds in the Garden’ week this half-term has been a great success, with great fun being had by all throughout the week! There have been lots of birdie-themed activities to take part in, including Bird I-Spy, Bird Walks, Nest displays, a Children’s Photographic Competition and a Bird Count... Read More...

  • Spring cleaning on the Nursery

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Feb 2009 at 02:15 PM

    At this time of year we are thinking ahead to the coming season and getting ready for all the seed sowing, pricking out, potting on, as well as all the other exciting jobs that come up as the days get longer, promising sunshine and the summer to come. Here on the nursery there are a lot of plants that... Read More...

  • Birdie fun this February Half Term at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Feb 2009 at 03:10 PM

    If you fancy a spot of bird watching, then bring your family along to RHS Garden Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon this February Half Term (14 – 22 February) for a fascinating ‘Birds in the Garden’ week, and join in the fun of spotting and learning about our feathered friends! February is a perfect... Read More...

  • Snow and Snowdrops

    Rosemoor Garden on 09 Feb 2009 at 03:32 PM

    Appropriately, bearing in mind the weather we have had recently, the snowdrops at Rosemoor are putting on a fine display at the moment. Despite being buried under the snow, they soon perked up once the thaw set in. There are good drifts in the Winter Garden, under the trees in the Stream Field and near... Read More...

  • Rosemoor Snow!

    Rosemoor Garden on 05 Feb 2009 at 03:33 PM

    We thought we would share a few of the lovely pictures of Rosemoor in the snow on Tuesday, as it really did look beautiful! The Garden was closed all day on Tuesday, and re-opened on Wednesday afternoon after staff had worked hard to clear the paths that morning. Enjoy! Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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...! 'Okay folks, what do you think? Do we head straight back to the... Read More...

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

    Rosemoor Garden on 12 Jan 2009 at 04:01 PM

    WEEVILS IN THE VINES When we were potting on our young grapevine plants just before Christmas we found a few vine weevil larvae among their roots. Until we started to use the new Nemasys L biological control late last summer this problem used to be much worse. With the original Nemasys it was not uncommon... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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. As well as being a favourite photographic location for many of our visitors, it is also the top choice for weddings at the garden. The shelter is built in the traditional Devon style - an oak frame in-filled with cob... Read More...

  • 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... Read More...

  • 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'. The area is being developed for informal play and picnicking in a woodland setting; the... Read More...

  • Working notes of an RHS Fruit and Veg Gardener

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Dec 2008 at 02:06 PM

    THE LAST OF THE PEPPERS We’ve had a very good harvest despite the weather this summer. I actually think they liked the extra rain. We still have some of our chilli and hot peppers plants left. They will continue to provide a display in the glasshouse until Christmas. At Rosemoor we grow sweet, chilli... Read More...

  • Hedge Laying at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Dec 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Throughout the garden we have a number of traditional Devon hedge banks that we have been maintaining by laying (or steeping as it is often called) over the past few years. At Rosemoor we wish to preserve and maintain the traditional hedges within the garden, as traditional natural hedgerows are sadly... Read More...

  • Bulb planting in Lady Anne’s Arboretum

    Rosemoor Garden on 18 Dec 2008 at 10:34 AM

    It was a cold, dark, damp morning as Lady Anne’s Garden’s team ventured into the garden, armed with tools and ready to meet the challenge: 0peration Bulb Planting... This task had been postponed for a number of weeks due to the excessively wet weather we’ve had of late. The clay soil in the Arboretum... Read More...

  • News from the Fruit & Vegetable Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 18 Dec 2008 at 10:13 AM

    We have been making some improvements to the fabric of the fruit & veg garden. The shelter has had a bit of a face lift with the stone floor cleaned and enlarged, the thatch given a good scrape to remove layers of moss and a new ridge-cap put on, by our local thatcher. We have also been creating... Read More...

  • Birches scrub up nicely in the Winter Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 16 Dec 2008 at 11:48 AM

    The many wonderful plants in the Winter Garden are beginning to take centre stage and we have been busy tidying up the borders so that they look at their best over the coming months. An important feature of the Winter Garden is the use of trees and shrubs with ornamental bark or brightly coloured stems... Read More...

  • New Plantings at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 12 Dec 2008 at 12:05 PM

    We constantly seek to expand the plant collections throughout Rosemoor. A large proportion of what we plant comes from in-house propagation in our nursery, but there is always new material carefully chosen to ensure that there is something different to be seen by our visitors. Stock is also obtained... Read More...

  • Rosemoor's famous Chocolate and Beetroot cake!

    Rosemoor Garden on 08 Dec 2008 at 01:28 PM

    Since we held our Family Fun Day in the summer, where we demonstrated some of the more interesting ways you can use vegetables in cooking, we have had a number of requests for the recipe of the scrumptious Chocolate and Beetroot cake. So, here it is... Enjoy! Chocolate and Beetroot Cake 50g Bitter Cocoa... Read More...

  • What's Going on at Lady Anne's?

    Rosemoor Garden on 05 Dec 2008 at 11:51 AM

    At Lady Anne's Garden, the original part of Rosemoor, we’ve grabbed a window in the weather to spike our somewhat “sticky” lawns. Here’s our “young” trainee Mike getting to grips with aeration using our Groundsman. It’s a heavy machine, so not always possible to use without causing a mess. When conditions... Read More...

  • More Fruit and Veg news!

    Rosemoor Garden on 28 Nov 2008 at 04:08 PM

    We have been hard at work in the fruit and veg garden this month. One of the jobs was to clear the glasshouse of the tomato crop. We had a good crop this year despite the weather. The outdoor crop was wiped out very early by blight, a common problem for us in the south-west. Cultivars grown this year... Read More...

  • Hedges and Hedge Cutting - Get it right!

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Nov 2008 at 09:17 AM

    Rosemoor’s formal garden hedges have been in place for many years and there are A LOT of them!! Yew, Portugal laurel, privet, beech, hornbeam, box and holly all play a part in creating the year-round structure of the garden. We try to shape the hedges as accurately as possible and have developed simple... Read More...

  • Bulb news!

    Rosemoor Garden on 21 Nov 2008 at 10:19 AM

    I have always thought that to get the best out of life it’s good to plan ahead - if nothing else it always gives you something to look forward to. Gardening is no different and you often get the best results if you plan ahead for the seasons to come. We are doing just that in our nursery right now, planting... Read More...

  • News from the Rosemoor Veg Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 17 Nov 2008 at 01:26 PM

    Our 3m x 3m vegetable plot is quietly heading towards winter after a very productive season. We have established a green manure crop on one half of the plot (winter tares were sown in mid September). This will occupy the bed through the winter, locking up the soil nutrients – to be released again when... Read More...

  • Winter work in the Herb Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 06 Nov 2008 at 01:46 PM

    It always brings a smile to my face when my non-gardening friends ask earnestly, “what do you all do in the winter?” Over the last two weeks we have experienced some fine and settled weather, quite a boon for us in the South West; so we felt this was a good opportunity for us to update and improve the... Read More...

  • Pumpkins Galore at Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 28 Oct 2008 at 11:39 AM

    A great time was had by all at Rosemoor’s Pumpkin Day last Sunday (26 October), with over 500 visitors gathering to see the judging of the famous pumpkin competition, take part in pumpkin trails, make lanterns, watch pumpkin cookery demonstrations and have a go on the pumpkin shy! Everyone also had a... Read More...

  • Going Apple Mad at Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 17 Oct 2008 at 12:34 PM

    We all had a great time at Rosemoor's Apple Day last Sunday (12 October). The weather couldn't have been better and around 1,400 visitors gathered to learn about apples, see cookery demonstrations, have mystery apples identified and take part in apple pressing and workshops. There was even a... Read More...

  • Come along to Rosemoor's Wedding Fair!

    Rosemoor Garden on 17 Sep 2008 at 02:34 PM

    If you are thinking of getting married in Devon, it would be difficult to find a more romantic wedding venue than Rosemoor. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the beautiful Torridge Valley, it is the idyllic location for your special day. You can exchange your vows in one of seven romantic venues... Read More...

  • Square Garden in full bloom!

    Rosemoor Garden on 01 Sep 2008 at 08:58 AM

    Rosemoor's new Square Garden is looking fantastic at the moment, and the hot colour scheme is guaranteed to cheer you up on a dull day! Originally created in 1991, the Square Garden was cleared in late 2007 to be completely re-landscaped and replanted to an exciting new design, put forward by West... Read More...

  • Access to Rosemoor - Road Closure 26 August

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Aug 2008 at 09:41 AM

    Please note that the A3124 from Great Torrington to Rosemoor will be fully closed from approx 8am – 5pm on Tuesday 26 August, for an unsafe tree to be removed. South West Highways will have the relevant diversion signs in place for this. The A3124 from Great Torrington will be down to a single lane,... Read More...

  • Tasty tomatoes reign at Rosemoor this August

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Jul 2008 at 03:52 PM

    RHS Garden Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon is highlighting a different plant every month, under the theme of ‘Hero Plants’. By championing plants that are often taken for granted, and directing visitors see the plant at their best, Rosemoor hopes to reignite a seasonal interest in garden plants that... Read More...

  • Summer Opera Gala at RHS Garden Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Jul 2008 at 02:09 PM

    On Monday 25 August at 7.30pm you can enjoy the sound of beautiful opera in the stunning surroundings of RHS Garden Rosemoor. Soloists from Cornwall's renowned Duchy Opera will fill the valley with a fine selection of much loved operatic favourites, and the garden will be open all evening so you... Read More...

  • Summer holiday fun at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 15 Jul 2008 at 09:17 AM

    The summer holidays are nearly upon us, so why not grab your sunhat (or wellies judging by the weather at the moment!), come along to stunning RHS Garden Rosemoor in Great Torrington and enjoy a fun filled family day out! Parents will know that after just a couple of days into the school holidays, the... Read More...

  • Get Snapping for the RHS Photographic Competition!

    Rosemoor Garden on 02 Jul 2008 at 01:55 PM

    Just a reminder to get snapping this summer, because the RHS Photographic Competition, supported by fine art publisher, The Medici Society, is back, with two new categories. Winner of the 2007 competition The first is for young photographers (18 and under) and is entitled ‘In the Garden’, devised to... Read More...

  • Get Theatrical in the Garden!

    Rosemoor Garden on 30 Jun 2008 at 12:46 PM

    We are getting prepared for our first Open Air Theatre performance of the year at Rosemoor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is being held this Friday (4 July) evening at 7.30pm. The play is being performed by Heartbreak Productions, Britain’s premier professional open-air theatre company, who are... Read More...

  • It's Official - Rosemoor's New Square Garden Opening

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Jun 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Following on from Chris Bailes' blog last month about our newly designed Square Garden here at RHS Garden Rosemoor, I am pleased to announce that we now have a date for its official opening! The ceremony will take place at 11.15am on Wednesday 30 July, with the President of the RHS, Peter Buckley... Read More...

  • 'Octopus Stinkhorn' fungus found at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Jun 2008 at 02:25 PM

    One of our volunteers was working deep in the shrubbery yesterday and has discovered quite a rare fungus growing there. There are two of them growing on some mulch - and they are not a pretty sight! Clathrus archeri (also called Anthurus archeri) is known as the Octopus Stinkhorn. It occurs only rarely... Read More...