The sun shone and the crowds were out in force as we gathered at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rosemoor to explore what is one of the best gardens in the South West. The ‘Festival of Flavours’ and fine weather ensured the place was buzzing as we chatted and got to know one another. This was the first official GOC ‘Gardens’ event for the Devon Group and it was very well supported, with people travelling long distances to join us. A certain couple called Steve and Neil were also amused to meet a couple called Neil and Steve!
One of the group, Mike, who fortunately is familiar with the garden, kindly agreed, at very short notice, to be our guide for the day. We followed a zig zag through the series of Garden Rooms, stopping regularly to admire or discuss plants and garden features. It is a truly stunning garden, with autumn colour just beginning. It was obvious that there were some very keen & knowledgeable plants people in our midst, and it was really interesting to hear people discussing their love of plants and gardening.
After lunch, we made our way though the tunnel and into the more open part of the garden, and looked at the house. This area was also beautifully planted, with many fine specimen trees and shrubs. It was less busy with visitors than the other side, and so made it easier for our large group to explore this side of the garden. Lots of laughter and ccamaraderie was happennig.
The mention of coffee & cake soon had us focussed on making our way back to the café where we chilled and chatted before reluctantly saying our goodbyes, promising to make a return visit in the Spring to see the bulbs and other plants ‘doing their thing’.
A big thank you to everyone who came along and especially to Mike who did a great job of leading us around the garden and telling us lots of interesting things about Rosemoor. We look forward to another visit in 2024.
Photos provided by Stephen T, Roy, Wyn and myself.