RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor
Great Torrington
Devon
EX38 8PH
England

Website

www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Rosemoor/

E-mail

rosemooradmin@rhs.org.uk

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RHS GARDEN Rosemoor

If you are looking for inspiration and a relaxing day out, come to RHS Garden Rosemoor and stroll around our enchanting 65-acre garden. Rosemoor is a garden of intoxicating beauty, meticulously crafted and planted, retaining the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides.

Whatever the season, the exciting colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated, and with both formal and informal gardens - as well as woodland walks, water features and open spaces - there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy time and again.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open all year except Christmas Day
April – Sept 10am-6pm every day
Oct – March 10am-5pm every day

Last admission is one hour before closing.

The Robin Herbert Visitor Centre is open all year.

Admission charges

RHS members Free
Adults £8.50; excl Gift Aid £7.70
Children (5–16) £4.25; excl Gift Aid £3.85
Children 4 year & under Free
Family 2+2 (2 adults +2 children) £22.80 (excl Gift Aid £20.70); Additional discount Child £4.25 (excl Gift Aid £3.85)
RHS Affiliated Societies * One free visit per year
Green travel (bus or bike) £6.30 (£5.70 excl Gift Aid)

One carer or companion is admitted free of charge per wheelchair user, visually impaired visitor or other person whose disability necessitates a carer.

* Group visits must be booked in advance on 01805 626810.

Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the garden. The only exceptions are guide dogs.

Getting there

Exit the M5 Southbound Exit at Junction 27, and join the A361 link road signposted Barnstaple/Bideford. At Barnstaple join A39 signposted Bideford (Atlantic Highway), keep heading towards Bideford on the A39 until you reach a roundabout signposted to Great Torrington (B3232). Take this road and follow it into Great Torrington. RHS Garden Rosemoor is signposted at Great Torrington and is situated 1 mile south on the A3124 road which heads towards Exeter. Car parking is free.
By bus

Bus 315 runs from Barnstaple and Bideford through to Exeter and back. When arriving by bus present your valid ticket at the entry point and have your entry fee reduced by £2. Ring Traveline for up-to-date bus information on 0870 608 2608.

By rail
Closest station is Barnstaple (12 miles)

By bike
Open air bike parking facilities are provided. When you travel to Rosemoor by bike we offer a £2 discount on the garden entry fee.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Watercolours Fast and Free (2 day course)

  • 23 — 24 April 2014 10:30am-4pm

Tutor: John Hoar Every aspiring watercolourist wants to make his efforts fast and free but it’s almost impossible to do it without tuition. I will show you how it’s done by means of demonstrations and by our producing paintings together, stage by stage. You will take several paintings home and you will learn a lot.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Bead Making with Polymer Clay

  • 1 May 2014 10am-4pm

Tutor: Jo Hunter You will spend the day making 2 bespoke necklace and earring sets. Students will learn how to prepare and condition the clay, select and mix colours, build a clay cane, shape and perforate the beads, and how to bake and finish them. Handouts will be provided. Once the beads are baked, we will string them, so they are ready to wear home! All materials - clay, seed beads and plated findings are provided.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Button Making with Polymer Clay

  • 2 May 2014 10am-4pm

Tutor: Jo Hunter Students will spend the day making a range of their own buttons, experimenting with a wide range of techniques and methods before baking them to take home. You will learn how to make moulds, prepare and condition the clay, select and mix colours, shape and texture buttons, make holes or add shanks and how to bake and finish them. Handouts on each technique will be provided. Polymer clay is a fantastic material for making buttons. In its raw state, colours can be mixed to suit and shapes can be easily textured and moulded into a huge range of shapes and sizes. Once baked, it is machine washable and lightweight, so if people sew, make cards, knit or work with felt this course should appeal.

Admission

All materials will be provided to make over 30 assorted buttons, using 6 different techniques.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

What Now ? Summer

  • 7 May 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Helen Round (RHS Team) Are you new to gardening and unsure exactly what you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting tips on your timings? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. Summer topics covered - Plantings for summer display, growing tomatoes and cucumbers under glass, staking herbaceous perennials, meadows, planting seasonal containers, plus other topics of seasonal interest.

Admission

This event takes place outside so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

The Principles of Composting

  • 13 May 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Mat Fry (RHS Team) Would you like to be able to make your own compost but are unsure where to start? Join Mat for a walk around Rosemoor’s composting facilities to look at the RHS composting methods. You will learn how to compost on a small and large scale, discuss different systems, common problems and their solutions.

Admission

This event takes place outside so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Digital Photography for Beginners (2 day)

  • 15 — 16 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Graham Karslake An introduction to your camera with RHS prize winning photographer Graham Karslake. Ever wondered what all of the buttons on your camera mean? This is a two day workshop aimed at those who are new to the world of photography. Free from jargon and without complication we will have the whole of Rosemoor gardens at our disposal. After two days we hope to have you looking at the world around you from a slightly different view point.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Digital Photography for Improvers (2 day)

  • 17 — 18 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Graham Karslake The second Graham Karslake photographic workshop is aimed at the enthusiast who enjoys using their camera but hasn’t mastered all that it has to offer. Two days in a relaxed atmosphere learning more about your camera, how to get those shots you want to take, but never seem to quite work out the way you imagined. The main goal is to get you spending more time behind your camera and less time in front of your computer.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Willow Culinary Herb Garlands - 2pm

  • 27 May 2014 2-4pm

Make a simple willow garland and then using bunches of freshly harvested herbs create a charming decorative but practical feature for the kitchen.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Willow Culinary Herb Garlands - 10.30am

  • 27 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Make a simple willow garland and then using bunches of freshly harvested herbs create a charming decorative but practical feature for the kitchen.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Willow Culinary Herb Garlands - 2pm

  • 27 May 2014 2-4pm

Make a simple willow garland and then using bunches of freshly harvested herbs create a charming decorative but practical feature for the kitchen.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Lake and Streamside Walk

  • 28 May 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: James Shepherd (RHS Team) The planting along the stream and around the lake is one of the highlights of Rosemoor in the spring. There is a huge range of plants that thrive in damp and boggy conditions and provide a wonderful display of foliage and flowers, from the mighty Gunnera to the colourful Primula. This walk will look at many of these plants and will also cover practicalities of cultivation. A comprehensive plant list will be provided for participants.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Native Woodland Flowers

  • 30 May 2014 11am-12:30pm

English woodlands are full of so many beautiful wildflowers, which make springtime special, but can you identify them all? Join Mat for a walk through the woodland areas of Rosemoor to identify as many woodland plants as we can find. You will learn how to use identification guides, and which distinguishing plant features to look for. Please bring a hand lens and your favourite wildflower book.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Meadow Magic

  • 4 June 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Mat Fry (RHS Team) Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in the cultivation of wildflower meadows. Join Mat on this walk around Rosemoor’s now well established meadows and discover how to start your own meadow or wild flower area. Mat will identify and discuss the wildflowers we have planted in our meadows, how to manage them and how to increase diversity in your wildflower area. End of season management of meadows will also be covered.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Care of Berries, Currants and Soft Fruits

  • 18 June 2014 11am-12:30pm

A crop of fresh summer fruit is a pleasure even owners of small gardens can enjoy. Soft fruit such as gooseberries and redcurrants can be trained into a number of restricted forms, which help to increase yields and make cultivation easier. Restricted forms need summer as well as winter pruning to maintain shape and vigour, and understanding correct pruning and training procedures will ensure the best crops for the future.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Garden-Worthy Ferns for Beginners

  • 2 July 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Penny King (RHS Team) Are you interested in introducing ferns into your garden but don’t know where start? Not sure what varieties are available for maximum impact and enjoyment? Is your garden suitable? Well, this is for you! Be inspired by the many textures, colours, shapes, sizes and planting ideas that you could try for yourself. Discover some quirky and surprising fern characteristics along the way. Come and share my enthusiasm for these flowerless beauties!

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Growing Vegetables under Cover

  • 17 July 2014 11am-12:30pm

Polythene tunnels are becoming more popular as growing structures for vegetable crops. Rosemoor’s experts will share their experiences of growing in both polytunnels and the more traditional glasshouse, discussing the pros and cons of each. Getting the most from any structure is key and seasonal cropping will be talked about, highlighting what can be grown to supply fresh produce throughout the year.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Handmade Books

  • 21 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Megan Stallworthy Make two different kinds of books using traditional skills and creative techniques. We will use handmade papers, linen threads and bookcloths to make a small hard cover book and a paper bound book with decorative stitching.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

A Box for a Book

  • 22 July 2014 10am-4pm

Tutor: Megan Stallworthy Make a folding, wrap-around box for one of the books you have made, or just come along to make the box.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Getting the Best from Your Herbaceous Borders

  • 25 July 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: David Squire (RHS Team) This garden walk will introduce you to the wealth of herbaceous perennials we grow in our borders at Rosemoor. We will look at yearly maintenance, staking, colour themes, formal and informal plantings and the stars of the show – those herbaceous perennials you just cannot live without! There will be a useful plant list to accompany the walk.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Potager Gardening

  • 30 July 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Peter Earl (RHS Team) Our Potager is inspired by the decorative and intensive gardens found in France, and it demonstrates just how good a vegetable garden can look, without compromising its productivity. This walk will reveal the secrets needed to achieve such a display, including soil cultivation, planning, choice of subjects, sowing, planting, staking, successional sowings and lots more.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Pen-Dragon-the Art of 8th Century Calligraphy (2 day course)

  • 14 — 15 August 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Fiona Graham Flynn Want to learn something different, then why not come along and try some Calligraphy which means ‘beautiful writing’. This course will also have a mythical theme to coincide with the mystical painting exhibition of Ted Nasmith. You will learn how to write a short circular poem with a Dragon theme, using a calligraphy pen writing in the 8th century Celtic ‘Uncial’ script. In the centre of the writing circle will be placed a mythical Dragon image, for you to paint or colour using pencils. All art materials will be supplied.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Seasonal Planting and Propagation

  • 19 August 2014 11am-12:30pm

During the summer months the garden is enhanced by tender perennials which are planted out in May after the last frosts. This walk will look at the exotic plantings centred on Lady Anne’s garden, taking into consideration the leaf shape, size and colour and which combinations of plants work best for us. We will look at the vast range of tender perennials, dahlias and annuals used throughout the garden and cover the propagation methods for this group of plants and their requirements over the winter months.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Introduction to Rosemoor's Edible Forest Garden

  • 29 August 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Peter Adams (RHS Team) Come and see the beginning of this exciting collection of plants, the first of its kind for the RHS. Learn more about the basic principles of our Forest Garden, how we have created it, the plants we have used, our trials, tribulations and future plans. Let it inspire you to create one of your own.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

  • 18 September 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Susie Hauxwell and David Squire (RHS Team) Ornamental grasses can be a wonderful addition to practically any type of garden, bringing beauty, grace and harmony and creating light, airy highlights. Rosemoor has one of the best collections in Britain and you will see a wide variety of grasses suitable for a range of sites and soils, and learn how you can grow them in your own garden. A comprehensive plant list will accompany this walk.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Garden Trees and their Care

  • 26 September 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Jonathan Hutchinson and Rod Knight (RHS Team) Trees in gardens help to create height and structure, and provide shelter, shade and wildlife benefits, but choosing the right tree for your situation can be daunting
this walk around the garden will highlight different trees for situations and purposes. They have a long life so it is important that they are looked after to get the best from this investment in time. The best planting techniques, staking and care in the early stages of establishment will be explained to help give them the best start in life.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

What Now ? Autumn

  • 10 October 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Jon Webster (RHS Team) Are you new to gardening and unsure exactly what you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting tips on your timings ? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. Autumn topics covered - planting trees and shrubs, dividing herbaceous perennials, planting bulbs, digging, protecting tender perennials.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Contemporary Paint Effects for Wood

  • 15 October 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Julie Cooper If you like the vintage, ‘shabby chic’ style, you will love this fun and enjoyable workshop incorporating techniques for up-dating, tired or unfashionable, items of furniture. The techniques used will include, one and two colour paints with clear and dark waxes, gesso effects, decoupage and stencilling. Please bring a small, easily portable item such as a bedside table, to work on, in the afternoon.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Flowers, Fruits and Foliage of Autumn in Watercolour (3 day)

  • 22 — 24 October 2014

Tutor: Annie Morris The course will be in the studio using plant material from the Gardens. The tutor will give many full class demonstrations and also individual attention to students of all levels of experience. There will be opportunities to study examples of watercolour work, both Annie’s and also using the Library at Rosemoor.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Hard Landscaping Features

  • 23 October 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Patrick Browne (RHS Team) An informal walk around some of the hard landscape features of RHS Rosemoor, to consider how and why they were constructed and to give you some ideas for your own garden. See how an obstacle such as a main road bisecting the garden was overcome, resulting in one of Rosemoor’s most striking features. Learn how, in the Fruit and Veg garden, the boundary wall is not what it may at first seem. Enjoy a seldom seen view of Lady Anne’s House, from a feature built by one of Rosemoor’s gardeners, using only the materials available on site.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Rosemoor's Woodlands and their Development

  • 5 November 2014 11am-12:30pm

Tutor: Jon Webster (RHS Team) At Rosemoor, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a stunning backdrop of trees within our wooded valley. We own and manage over 110 acres of woodland, the majority of which is not yet open to our visitors. This walk will highlight the work we are doing to transform and maintain our diverse woodland plantings across the site, be prepared for a long walk to see all these exciting areas. We will look at relevant pest and disease issues, suitable trees and plants and give an insight into the maintenance required.

Admission

This event takes place outside please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Willow Weaving for Christmas Presents

  • 14 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

Tutor: Lyn Edwards Spend the day weaving a range of gifts ideal as Christmas presents. Make a beautiful coloured willow stick platter some charming tree decorations, and be inspired by some unusual decorative gift wrapping ideas using natural materials. All materials included.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Willow Hearts, Garlands and Swags

  • 19 November 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Lyn Edwards Deck the halls this Christmas using materials gathered from the natural environment. Create decorative willow hearts and garlands and learn the technique for making luxurious swags. All materials included.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Willow Christmas Trees

  • 11 December 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Tutor: Lyn Edwards Make a truly unique willow Christmas tree decorated with orange slices, tartan bows and fragrant cinnamon sticks and designed to fit a space of your choosing. All materials included.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/rosemoor/index.htm

Getting there

Exit the M5 Southbound Exit at Junction 27, and join the A361 link road signposted Barnstaple/Bideford. At Barnstaple join A39 signposted Bideford (Atlantic Highway), keep heading towards Bideford on the A39 until you reach a roundabout signposted to Great Torrington (B3232). Take this road and follow it into Great Torrington. RHS Garden Rosemoor is signposted at Great Torrington and is situated 1 mile south on the A3124 road which heads towards Exeter. Car parking is free.
By bus

Bus 315 runs from Barnstaple and Bideford through to Exeter and back. When arriving by bus present your valid ticket at the entry point and have your entry fee reduced by £2. Ring Traveline for up-to-date bus information on 0870 608 2608.

By rail
Closest station is Barnstaple (12 miles)

By bike
Open air bike parking facilities are provided. When you travel to Rosemoor by bike we offer a £2 discount on the garden entry fee.

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