Visit to RHS Garden Rosemoor, 19 June 2023
A group of 11 of us enjoyed a lovely day out in near-perfect weather at RHS Garden Rosemoor near Torrington. Many of us had come long distances. The gardens are quite difficult to find, and some drivers had taken wrong turns on the way. Those of us coming by bus were given a special reduction on the entry fee, in acknowledgement of our car-free travel.
After a lovely lunch in the courtyard café, some wandered around by themselves, and others in small groups. We were intoxicated by the smells and sights of the flowers. In addition to the two rose gardens, there are many other garden areas to visit, such as Hot, Cold, Exotic and Mediterranean. It was a hot day, but luckily there are plenty of benches where one can rest, and even some little huts that give lots of shade.
Over the years Rosemoor has been encouraging biodiversity by creating areas of wildlife meadow. These many grasses and wildflowers attract a diversity of insects (bees, butterflies, moths, flies and beetles), which in turn attract bats, birds, spiders, small mammals and grass snakes.
Many of us rounded off the afternoon by meeting up for a cup of tea and a chat. We had had a lovely day out.