Rosemoor is a garden in North Devon which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is nestled in the Torridge Valley about half an hour from Dartmoor. Rosemoor is a beautiful garden and although the summer months may be the best time to visit, Spring has lots to offer. One of the best things about visiting in May was that it wasn’t that busy. We practically had the garden to ourselves and had a wonderful Saturday there.
Areas to the garden
Rosemoor is divided into different gardens all of which have something to see. In the Spring, they offer a Spring interest walking route with pointers on what to look out for. The history of the garden means that there is an original garden, once owned by Lady Anne Palmer who left her garden to the RHS in 1988. The RHS connected the older garden to a new one that they created, via an underpass under the main road. This has created a glorious garden in terms of design with clear and interesting sections. There is the Winter garden, the Hot garden, the Rose garden, the Potager and Cottage garden, the Stone garden, the long borders, the model gardens, the exotic garden, the bog garden, the foliage garden, the Vegetable garden and the Mediterranean garden. There is also Lady Anne’s arboretum and a meadow. We ambled around the garden in a few hours with a stop at the Tea Room for cake (of course) but you easily stay for longer.
My favourite areas
I thought I would share my favourite parts of Rosemoor rather than give you too much detail in one blog post. There was so much to take in and obviously, there were highlights when visiting in May that you wouldn’t see if visiting in August. I would definately like to go back in late summer to enjoy different aspects if this stunning place.
The Potager and Cottage garden
I loved the Potager and Cottage garden possibly because this is the design I love for the Old House garden. There was a charming little thatched summer house surrounded by traditional cottage style planting. The Potager area was laid out in a circular pattern with raised beds. There were grape vines growing round Rose arbours and perfect lettuces straight out of the story of Rapunzel!
The Bog garden, Rock Gully and Lake.
The Bog garden is at the top of the garden and is where the source of the water is for the lake. The water then works it’s way through the rock gully and under a series of bridges before it reaches the lake. From the Lake, you actually make your way up towards the source of the water which is under the road in Lady Anne’s garden. It’s a clever design that encourages visitors into this older part of the garden.
I hope you have enjoyed my highlights of RHS Rosemoor from my visit in May. It’s the sort of garden that has so much to see that I couldn’t write about it all in one post! I would definitely recommend you go and see it for yourself.
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A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.