Down here in lovely Devon we have no shortage of wonderful gardens to visit when wanting a stroll and some inspiration. RHS Rosemoor Garden is probably is the brightest of these gems, a garden I endeavour to visit at least once each season.

Rosemoor3One of four RHS gardens, Rosemoor is situated in mid Devon near Great Torrington. Home to Lady Anne Palmer from 1931 to 1988 she started the gardens, encouraged by her friend, the plantsman Colingwood “Cherry” Ingram. Lady Anne travelled extensively and established a collection of about 4,000 plants from countries including Japan. South America, New Zealand, USA and Papua New Guinea.

When ownership passed to the RHS in 1988 they carried out major changes and today the 65 acres includes gardens, woodland and an impressive lake fed by a series of stream. Quoting from the RHS Handbook they state “Every spring, carpets of bulbs and primroses are followed by vibrant rhododendrons and camellias. More than 2000 roses offer a fantastic fusion of colour and scent each summer. Autumn promises a harvest of fruit and vegetables accompanied by fiery foliage tints in the arboretum, while winter plantings create a brilliant effect from stems and foliage.

So if you live in Devon and haven’t yet been or if you coming to Devon on holiday then I urge you to visit Rosemoor. If you’ve been before then maybe it’s time to go again! It truly is a garden for all seasons.


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