Now a regional garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Rosemoor Garden was the house, estate and garden of Lady Anne Berry until 1988, when she gave it to the Society.
Originally used as a fishing lodge on the west-facing slopes of the Torridge Valley, it amounts to 40 acres and is around 30 metres above sea level. The soil is acid silty clay loam. Apart from a few exotic trees around Rosemoor House, virtually the whole garden as it exists today has been created since the 1960s.
The Visitor’s Centre was opened in 1990 to the west of the road which bisects the garden. The earlier planting since then is beginning to mature in sympathy with Lady Anne’s Garden on the other side of the road, which may be entered by way of an underpass.
As might be expected, plants grown here represent a large cross section of those grown in the UK, but with a particular emphasis on those which enjoy this warmer, wetter, western part of the country. In particular, there is a thriving collection of flora from the southern hemisphere, particularly from Australia and New Zealand. The opportunity has been taken during the development of the display and demonstration areas of the garden to both please the eye and educate the visitor. There are large displays of modern and shrub roses each in their own formal settings in front of the Visitor’s Centre.