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HER Number:MDV64771
Name:Rosemoor Garden


Garden largely created in 1950s in the grounds of Rosemoor. Now a regional garden of the Royal Horticultural Society.


Grid Reference:SS 500 176
Map Sheet:SS51NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
Civil ParishSt. Giles in the Wood
Ecclesiastical ParishST.GILES IN THE WOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS51NW/58/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Hunt, P. J., 1989, Torrington, 11 (Report - non-specific). SDV352248.

Impett, R. M., 1994, Rosemoor Garden (Ground Photograph). SDV339314.

Gray, T., 1995, The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources, 193 (Monograph). SDV671.

Sales particulars of 1911 refer to 'well-timbered grounds, kitchen garden + orchard' at Rosemoor. The garden was largely created by Lady Anne Berry in the 1950's + the estate was given to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. It established the first of its 'regional gardens' within the estate.

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 120 (Un-published). SDV170167.

Sciamma, J., 2005, Garden Plan of Rosemoor (Leaflet). SDV340723.

Royal Horticultural Society, 2006, The History of Rosemoor (Website). SDV336643.

Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.

Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Rosemoor (Un-published). SDV358160.

This notable modern garden derives its character from informal plantings of choice shrubs and trees which thrive in the Devon soil and climate. Since 1959, under the guiding hand of Lady Anne Palmer, Rosemoor developed into a plantsman’s garden in the grounds of a pleasant country house. In the 8 acres of the original garden there a series of discrete ‘rooms’, with lawns, shrub borders, a pond with
water-loving plants in and around it, a collection of smaller ornamental trees, and a heather garden. Woodland garden plantings, bright in the springtime with rhododendrons and azaleas, clothe the steep slopes to the north and east. There are 4000 or so different plants in the garden. In 1988 Lady Anne presented her house, garden and a further 32 acres of pasture to the Royal Horticultural Society who have developed the site as a Regional Centre for the West Country. On the former pasture the RHS have constructed a visitor centre, a formal garden on the grid iron pattern, with rose gardens, herbaceous plantings, and theme gardens. The stream feeds a number of small pools and marginal areas, a bog garden and a lake. There are also fruit and vegetable gardens and demonstration gardens. In 1999 the gazebo from Palmer House, Torrington was reconstructed at Rosemoor by the Devon Historic Buildings Trust, helped by a contribution of £5,000 from the Devon Gardens Trust.
A new underpass links the old and new gardens.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 120.
SDV336643Website: Royal Horticultural Society. 2006. The History of Rosemoor. http://www.rhs.org.uk. Website.
SDV339314Ground Photograph: Impett, R. M.. 1994. Rosemoor Garden. Impett Slide Collection. Slide.
SDV340723Leaflet: Sciamma, J.. 2005. Garden Plan of Rosemoor. A3 Single Sheet + Digital.
SDV352248Report - non-specific: Hunt, P. J.. 1989. Torrington. Devon County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV358160Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Rosemoor. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV671Monograph: Gray, T.. 1995. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. Paperback Volume. 193.

Associated Monuments

MDV98672Related to: Rosemoor (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 30 2015 4:11PM