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“lovely garden”

RHS Garden Rosemoor
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: If you are looking for inspiration and a relaxing day out, come to RHS Garden Rosemoor and stroll around our enchanting 65-acre garden. Rosemoor is a garden of intoxicating beauty, meticulously crafted and planted, retaining the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides.Whatever the season, the exciting colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated, and with both formal and informal gardens - as well as woodland walks, water features and open spaces - there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy time and again.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

As always awell kept series of gardens and wood land June is the best time to see the roses a magnificant display this year, the rest of the gardens looked good as well the gardeners were pleased to answer any questions we had. the restaurent had a selection of localy sourced disheswith fresh cakes so plenty of choices

Thank helviticus
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Oliver K, Public Relations Manager at RHS Garden Rosemoor, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you for your review, the roses are been stunning this year and are enjoying the sunshine as much as we are. If you are in the area again the hot garden will be beautiful in August and the Autumn colour is always worth visiting for. Kind regards. Oliver

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Went to the real ale and Cider festival at RHS Rosemore yesterday it was at first a little quite but soon people started to come in and the a band started it was a really good afternoon and evening. It would have been better if the garden entrance fee had been free.

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

After travelling 20 miles to see the gardens we decided to not even bother entering once we saw the price. It is horrifically expensive to look at a few flowers and i think totally unjustified. We were also mobbed about 3 times and asked to join their membership club and even though i kept saying no the woman continually talked at me trying to convince me to join. After finally getting away from her we decided to at least go into the cafe for a drink before leaving and again the prices were horrendous i think for 2 coffees and 1 bit of cake it cost us £10. Its a shame that RHS feel the need to charge such high prices as it just ruins it for everyone and makes it hard for us locals to support them.

1  Thank Noodle34
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Oliver K, Front Office Manager at RHS Garden Rosemoor, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2014

Thank you for leaving us feedback from your recent visit, it is good to hear different viewpoints but I am sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. I suspect that as you were debating the entry fee, we considered that membership might be better value for you. As a local £40.50 for 2 people is very good and we often get taken up on the offer. I am sorry you found this intrusive.

If you look at entry fees for similar attractions in the area I think you will find that our £7.95 is pretty average. During a quick web search I have found a range of £6 - £9 for gardens. 2 large coffees and a large piece of cake would have cost you £7.05. Again I do not feel this is a horrendous price to pay especially for the quality we deliver, but I appreciate we cannot be right for everyone. I hope that we will see you again in the future, maybe for one of our various events as the vast majority of people who visit fall in love with the garden and tell us how delicious the homemade food is. Kind regards. Oliver

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Very expansive. Most of area is very formal and meant for educational purposes. Requires a lot of detail viewing and is not there to please the senses as much. Very different than Marwood Hill which is meant to please the senses and convey a sense of peace and beauty. This is meant to display plants in their infinite variety and to help acquaint the visitor with the variety available including vegetables.

So there is lots of lawn and way too much walking along rigid well defined paths. It looks like a garden for lecturing, teaching and demonstrating.

The older, original owners garden, entered by tunnel under the highway is much more attractive and enjoyable and not meant to educate but is meant to be enjoyed. The entrance along the tunnel is a lovely stream lined with rewarding plants, rocks, sculpture and places for people to enjoy the surroundings. The garden beyond fulfills the promise of the entry way and encourages wandering and making your own way without being constricted by the paths. There is color everywhere for the eye to behold without wondering what is the specific species. Enjoy not just learn. Not quite as good as Marwood Hill but close.

So if you go please don't give up without going the extra distance and entering the tunnel to another more relaxed world of beauty.

1  Thank larryKitty8933
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Oliver K, Manager at RHS Garden Rosemoor, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2014

Thank you for your very informative review, Rosemoor is a garden of two halves, as you mention there is the informality of the established, original garden of Lady Anne Palmer who gifted her unique and unusual plantsman’s paradise to the RHS. Then the other half which is a master planned Formal garden. This is designed to have various ‘garden rooms’ of themed planting which are vibrant both in colour and scent to delver a real impact to our visitors, 25 years since the Formal gardens development both now blend seamlessly but stimulate peoples senses and feelings in different ways. RHS gardens do have many roles to play from inspiring our visitors with the varied plants we grow, to garden design and structure and of course education, our 2 acre Teaching gardens around our Learning centre focuses on this aspect. Kind regards. Jon Webster (Curator)

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Most leaflets of the attractions of North Devon don't seem to mention Rosemoor, which is a shame. Being an RHS garden, you can guarantee that it will be immaculately maintained with a diverse range of plants that provide interest throughout the year. There are plants for the connoisseur certainly, but even if you don't known your Astrantia from your Elaeagnus you can enjoy the sheer beauty of the place. There is formal planting but also lovely, peaceful woodland walks and there are many quirky and interesting themes to keep children entertained. I took the option of getting a refund of my entry fee by joining the RHS at a discounted rate. With three other gardens of equal quality around the country and with discounted entry to around 125 other places of interest I know I will soon recoup the expense. Recommended for a day out even on a rather damp one like we had.

Thank DerekW52
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