An illuminating experience

This month is an exciting one for us, with the start of three major events to run throughout the winter

Winter lighting at RosemoorThe Sculpture Trail is an old favourite but with a range of new pieces to suit every taste and budget. A new addition to our winter repertoire is the Magical Winter Garden Illuminations and there is also our very popular Holly Trail.
For our new illuminations, our facilities team led by Bob Jackson has done sterling work in laying cables and connecting wires. A lantern trail, along with dynamic, colour-changing spot lights and fairy lights all culminate in a wonderful display. The lanterns lead the visitor along a magical trail through the Winter Garden with uplighters beneath the trees illuminating the patterns made by bare branches.

Stand and watch how, as the lights change through a sequence of different colours, the character of the trees alter. Grasses are backlit, emphasising their movement in the breeze and the crisply cut hedges are picked out by a mass of fairy lights.
We hope that visitors will be able to take away ideas about how they can use lights in their own garden to highlight favourite trees, borders, water features and sculpture adding a new dimension that they perhaps have not thought of before.
Sculpture in Lady Anne's GardenAs always, the Events team, with help from some members of Curatorial, has put together an eclectic mix of sculptures for our visitors to enjoy; some pieces have been placed so that they will catch light from the illuminations, showing how a new dimension can be added to sculpture in the garden.
The Holly Trail (back again after a successful debut last year) adds extra interest to a visit to Rosemoor during the winter months. The trail is designed to highlight the huge variety of hollies in cultivation and that they are not just green and prickly with red berries. By following it again this year, you will be sure to spot other hollies along the way that you missed last season now that you have your ‘eye-in’.
So you can see that there is lots going on at Rosemoor, with something of interest for everyone throughout the winter and we hope that visitors will come more than once to take full advantage.

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