27th March 2018
Take in RHS Rosemoor Gardens during your stay
A gem in the crown of North Devon, RHS Gardens Rosemoor is 65-acres of beautifully planted gardens, set within a pretty wooded valley. Rosemoor is simply a must visit when in North Devon or Torrington. As a guest of The Park Hotel you can receive discounted entry, just ask at reception for more details.
But what makes RHS Rosemoor Gardens worth a visit? We’ve summed it up here for you.
A quick history...
The gardens exist thanks to the work and generosity of Lady Anne Palmer, who created many elements that we love today. It began taking shape back in 1931 when The Stone Garden was landscaped by the mother of Lady Anne. Presently guests are invited to enjoy this courtyard, with its range of flower displays.
From the late 1950s Lady Ann travelled the world, collecting flowers and learning about gardening. After gathering knowledge from abroad she applied to it her own project here in North Devon and her collection of flowers grew and grew.
Lady Anne then gave Rosemoor to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. It consisted of a house, an eight-acre garden around the house (filled with flowers from her own work) and 32 acres of pastureland. Two years later, RHS Gardens Rosemoor officially opened to the public.
The Rosemoor Gardens...
The layout and designs of the gardens have changed a lot since. On one side of Rosemoor is the original Lady Anne’s garden, which remains a diverse collection of plants in an informal setting. On the other side is the new garden, a formal, decorative area in a glorious woodland setting.
Garden highlights include:
- Stream and rock gully - designed as a dramatic mini-landscape with its own distinct atmosphere
- Woodland garden - a huge variety of ornamental woodland trees and shrubs including some of the original Collingwood Ingram cherry introductions
- Fruit and vegetable gardens - a mouth-watering display of produce sheltered by a stone wall
- A hot garden - a raised terrace with ‘hot’ flower colours of red, yellow, orange and purple that comes alive with colour in summer
- Cottage garden - the romantic ideal, with brick pathways and beds crammed with a classic mix of flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials
- The Stone Garden - the original area with camellias, acers, peonies and woodland perennials
Alongside these highlights are all the facilities you need for a day out, plus there are other country strolls and hidden secrets to be found along your way. The gardens are also suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
There’s always an abundance of events taking place at Rosemoor, covering everything from flower and craft tutorials to photography lessons and even big musical events. Through the winter evenings the gardens come alive with colour, in the aptly named 'Garden Glows' light sessions.
Their What’s On guide is full of seasonal long-running events, one-day get-togethers and creative activities. Not just a garden, these events appeal to all. We've also attached their entertainment booklet below.
Dining and food...
It’s also at Rosemoor that you’ll find the Garden Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant that’s open to the general public all year round. The Garden Kitchen has won “Best Garden Centre Restaurant Wales and South West” at the Garden Centre Association Awards for four years in a row! Their fruit and vegetables come from the gardens, and delicious main courses include Gluten Free options.
During the summer months, Wisteria Tea Room offers cakes, cream teas and more. Plus, The Shepherd’s Rest is a takeaway food outlet situated in the Stream Garden Field serving speciality coffee, wraps and tray cakes.
For those who love to shop, Rosemoor is a luxurious place to go shopping in North Devon. From gifts to plants, you’ll find the perfect memento from your day out.
The shop sells a range of gifts and a wide selection of books covering horticulture, cookery and travel. Then there’s the locally produced honey, jams, preserves and confectionery alongside fruit wines and liqueurs.
Meanwhile in the Plant Centre shop there's a wide range of plants, trees, vegetables, bulbs and seeds. Many of the plants on sale come from local suppliers, so they will grow in the British climate.
Visit any time of the year, or if you can, go back through the year to see the full range of flowers and displays.
Each season brings a different feel to Rosemoor, changing the colours and types of plants on display. Events vary through the year too. So whenever it is you’re in the area, visit the gardens for something extra special.
Also, don’t forget to add Gift Aid to your admission price. Gift Aid is an optional bonus that RHS Rosemoor uses to fund charity work, and they can use it to claim further aid on your donation.
Whatever your ideal day out is, Rosemoor has everything you could ask for and appeals to all the family.