Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect.

Rosemoor became home to Lady Anne Berry (1919–2019) and her mother following the death of her father, Sir Robert Horace Walpole, in 1931. Sir Robert had originally bought Rosemoor as a salmon fishing lodge. At that time the garden was, as Lady Anne described it, ‘dull and labour intensive, typically Victorian, with a great use of annuals in beds around the house.’ During the 1930s, Lady Anne’s mother created The Stone Garden, the first area of hard landscaping at Rosemoor, which still lies at the heart of the old garden.

During the 1960s Lady Anne joined the RHS and was soon invited to judge woody plants and new introductions in one of its committees. By the late 1970s she had helped found the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (now known as Plant Heritage), and had also set up a nursery at Rosemoor. When Lady Anne gifted Rosemoor to the RHS in 1988 it consisted of the house, the 3.2ha (8 acre) garden around the house and 13ha (32 acres) of pastureland.

Rosemoor opened to visitors on 1 June 1990. Bisected by the A3124, the garden consists of two very distinct areas. On one side is the original garden – Lady Anne’s Garden – which remains a diverse collection of plants in an informal setting. On the other side is the new garden – a formal, decorative area in a glorious woodland setting – its creation in such a relatively brief time is a truly astonishing achievement. 

RHS Garden Rosemoor Great Torrington EX38 8PH

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