Rosemoor never stands still - and 2017 is no exception. Find out about new projects under way, including an exciting new heritage apple orchard and striking new events space.
A future for heritage fruit
By March, we'll be finished planting our exciting new orchard of heritage Devon apples, incorporating a mix of eaters, cookers and cider apples. Forty five apples will be planted initially, with more cultivars added over time. Many of the apples are not in any other collections and are listed as threatened in cultivation.
Cultivars include ‘Poltimore Seedling’, which originated in Honiton, sweet dessert apple ‘Devon Crimson Queen’ and ‘Totnes Apple', which keeps well.
The orchard will be planted in the fruit garden field (near the existing orchard), enhanced by pockets of meadow. A circular thatched shelter will be added once funds permit.
Thank you to all those who helped support the future of Devon apples by contributing to the orchard fundraising appeal.
Beautiful new events space
Our purpose-built events space, The Garden Room, will open in time to host the RHS National Rhododendron Competition (22 - 23 April).
Constructed from local stone and clad in larch, the venue has been designed to sit beautifully within the landscape. Newly opened sightlines and large glass doors will enable views to and from the garden, and statement containers of seasonal bedding will provide a bright welcome to the space.
Fresh new scheme for Spiral Garden
The Spiral Garden is set to be transformed to a design by Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design, which won a gold medal for its Chelsea Barracks Garden at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
When complete, the revamped garden will have a cool, pastel planting scheme in blues and whites to contrast with the bold colours of the nearby Hot Garden. A sinuous water feature will reflect the local area’s high rainfall.
Construction work is due to start in late 2017, ready to open in early summer 2018.
Our first Flower Show
This summer (18 - 20 August) Rosemoor hosts its first Flower Show, highlighting the very best the South West has to offer in nurseries, atmosphere and local fare.
Browse and buy quality plants from 20 nurseries, enjoy delicious food and explore the garden in all its late season beauty.
More about the Flower Show
Rosewarne Daffodil Collection
In autumn we'll be planting the Rosewarne Daffodil Collection, formerly on display at RHS Garden Wisley. There are 160 cultivars in the collection, which originally came from the Rosewarne Experimental Horticulture Station in Camborne.
The daffodils will be planted in several pockets throughout the garden - come and see them flowering from spring 2018.
This year we begin planting bright yellow Rhododendron luteum along the path to Torrington woods. These will flower at the same time as the bluebells and the dell will help trap their strong perfume.
Behind the Learning Centre we are starting to create a new lower woodland walk. We plan to reinstate the path along the old leat (canal) to create more opportunities for walks in Darkham Wood, with work due to start at the end of 2017.