From 16 June to 22July, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington, Devon will host a five-week-long Rose Festival: a breath-taking showcase of colours and scents set against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful RHS Gardens, bordered by acres of stunning woodlands. Swathes of scented blooms, floral workshops and unusual cultivars on sale make this a must-see for Devon visitors this summer.
Boasting one of the UK’s largest collections of roses, RHS Garden Rosemoor is home to two dedicated rose gardens, bringing together over 2000 roses across more than 200 different varieties and a wealth of hues and perfumes. From cottage garden climbers, to bright and beautiful container varieties, there will be a rose to inspire and suit all gardens.
Top highlights from the festival, include guided tours, expert advice from RHS horticulturists, a floral themed craft market, a rose trail, and much, much more.
Festival Events and Highlights:
· Rose Weekend, extended to a three-day event from on 22 to 24 June featuring a floral-themed craft and food market with over 40 stalls in the stunning new Garden Room events building.
· Brand New for 2018 and to celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War and in memory of those who lost their lives, Rosemoor has planted a group of Rosa Pax. Latin for ‘peace’, Rosa ‘Pax’ is a hybrid musk rose and was developed by the rose breeder, Joseph Pemberton and launched in 1918 to commemorate the end of WW1.
The Reverend Joseph Hardwick Pemberton grew up in the village of Havering-atte-Bower (now within the London Borough of Havering). Roses were a passion throughout his life, but it wasn’t until his retirement from the clergy that he began rose breeding. He created a new type of shrub rose which he called ’hybrid musks’. These are highly scented, with large clusters of flowers which bloom for months. Pemberton’s roses are still highly sought after today.
· Armed Forces Day, 30 June
A 100 red ceramic poppies, interpreted and designed by popular local artist Renée Kilburn will be on display to start our commemorations of the centenary of the end of the First World War. Standing tall amongst the poppies is a wonderful sculpture of an ‘Unknown Soldier’ affectionately known as George N. The life-size soldier is crafted by another popular Rosemoor and Devon based artist, George Hider.
Armed forces personnel have free admission to Rosemoor today – simply bring ID.
The display will stay up until 11 November when we welcome all serving and retired armed forces personnel plus a family guest in for free (simply bring proof to the front entrance). Then the poppies and George will continue to be displayed as part of our annual Winter Sculpture Exhibition. The red poppies are available to purchase with a £3.50 donation on every poppy sold going to the Royal British Legion.
· Rosemoor’s Garden Kitchen will be celebrating roses throughout the month with a delectable series of rose-inspired and rose-infused treats, from rose meringues to rose and raspberry cakes.
· ‘Late’ openings every Friday in July - 6, 13, 20 and 27, when the garden will be open until 9pm and visitors can enjoy the gardens at dusk as the roses release their evening scent. Special offer of ‘5 after 5’ - £5 garden admission after 5pm. There will be live music and the restaurant will be serving delicious evening meals too (advance table reservations highly recommended).
· Every Wednesday, there will rose-themed Afternoon Teas (pre-booking required) including an expert florist will demonstrate flower arranging techniques with English roses and be present for a Q & A session.
· The Celebrate Summer self-guided trail will take visitors on a historic, scented journey throughout the 65 acre garden and includes stunning rose varieties and their fascinating stories from the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden and the Shrub Rose Garden, down the Long Borders, the Cottage Garden, as well as other roses at Rosemoor House.
Normal garden admission applies, which is free for RHS Members. Please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor/whatson or call 01805 626810 for more details.