Show Brings More Beautiful Blooms to Rosemoor

RHS National Rhododendron Competition Saturday 22 April & Sunday 23 April 2017

Beautiful Rhododendrons on display and in flower around the garden

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor will be bursting with more blooms than usual when it hosts RHS National Rhododendron Show and Competition on 22 & 23 April.

The Rhododendron Competition will be the first event to take place in the brand new Garden Room – a purpose-built permanent building suitable for all kinds of events throughout the year including conferences and wedding receptions.

Come and marvel at the remarkable variety and colour of these beautiful, spring-flowering plants. This National Show has more than 60 classes covering all types of rhododendrons, plus trade and advice stands as well as magnificent displays of magnolias and camellias, too. With competitors coming from as far afield as Oxfordshire and Hampshire, it promises more spring colour than ever before. Past competitors have included Exbury Gardens, Caerhays Castle, The Savill Garden, Trewithin, Marwood Hill and several National Trust properties in the South West including Glendurgan and Trelissick.

The Rhododendron Competition is entirely free to enter and open to anyone who wishes to exhibit. Professional and home gardeners alike will compete for prizes for the best blooms. Judging takes place on Saturday morning from 10am with the show open to the public from 11.30am. On Sunday the displays will be available for viewing 10am - 4pm.

Entry forms are available direct from RHS Competitions Manager, Georgina Barter at:

Trade Stands:
Millais Rhododendron Nursery (information stand only)
Pine Cottage Plants
Chris Cooke Plants
Marwood Hill Gardens (display)

The Rhododendron Competition is the main event for gardeners but there are many other events taking place throughout this spring, including, on April 1, the South West Alpine Garden Society Show. The show, which has relocated from its original home in Exeter, will highlight some great alpine plant nurseries who can provide advice on growing these specialist plants. Judging takes place in the Learning Centre between 9.45am and 11am, with trophy presentation at 3.45pm. Visitors can view the displays 11.30am – 4pm.

From 9 to 14 April is National Gardening Week, during which Rosemoor will be helping new gardeners to grow. Starting on Sunday 9 April, there will be demonstrations of how to grow a money plant from a single leaf, which visitors can then take home with them.

On Monday 10 to Thursday 13 April there will be daily workshops and Q & A sessions with RHS staff covering a different topic each day – such as turf care, supporting herbaceous plants, fruit and vegetable gardening, and general planting tips and advice.

Bonsai Weekend is 6 & 7 May when the North Devon Bonsai Group will be holding its annual display of amazing trees in miniature in the Exhibition Hall. Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art and it can be learned by anyone and turned into a satisfying hobby. Bonsai are trees grown in containers in such a way so that they look to be of great age and at their most beautiful – even prettier than those growing in the wild. The Group will be happy to answer any questions you have about this amazing craft.

The ever-popular Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair on 13 & 14 May has grown in size and interest since it was first held at Rosemoor more than a decade ago. There will be a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries for sale under the Plant Heritage banner. A must for all keen gardeners and plant collectors. (Plant Heritage members free on production of Membership Card.)

Come to Rosemoor on 20 & 21 May for the Devon Chilli Fiesta. Our new Garden Room will house more than 30 of the top producers from all over the UK, with chilli plants, chilli sauces, chilli chocolate and fudge and chilli preserves to try and to buy. There will also be talks, live music and children’s activities including free face painting by Devon Facepainting. We are looking forward to having Emma’s Donkeys join us to offer children a chance of an authentic burro ride. Don’t miss the Chilli Trail around the formal garden, too.

There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the spring colour in the garden with displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias, as well as swaths of daffodils and other spring plants. Visitors will also be able to buy summer-flowering bulbs and plants in the Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre, and the RHS will be on hand to provide expert gardening advice.

Normal garden admission applies – free for RHS members. There is free entry all year round to the Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre, as well as to the Garden Kitchen Restaurant. For details of events at RHS Garden Rosemoor, visit: