Winter Colour and Fragrance
You may think that there is nothing worth seeing in a garden during the dreary winter months. But nothing could be further from the truth as RHS Garden Rosemoor proves year after year. The winter is a fabulous time to enjoy a walk round the 65 acre garden where there is colour, plenty of fragrance, interesting textures and great structures to greet the visitor. Not to mention also enjoying a beautiful winter afternoon tea and a warming cup of tea in the Garden Kitchen Restaurant.
It is perhaps the best time of year to see the multi coloured stems of many types of plants. Best known of these is the cornus group otherwise known as the dogwoods of which Rosemoor has a national collection or the young growth of the many varieties of willow (salix).
Snowdrops are out and ready to delight visitors. There is also plenty of winter colour and fragrance is also provided by Daphne, Viburnum, Hamemelis, and Helebores to name a few.
Winter is a time when Rosemoor displays its bare bones with the garden appearing in quite a different way; structural elements of the garden are more evident, trees and shrubbery more dramatically show off different bark textures such as the striking white bark of the ‘Himalayan Silver Birch’ – Betula var. jacquemontii or the rippled stems of the ‘Tibetan Cherry’ – Prunus serrula, or catch the garden on a frosty morning and see the ornamental grasses looking silvery and feathery.
Set against the backdrop of the more structural horticultural elements, Rosemoor is displaying its annual Winter Sculpture Exhibition (until 18 February). Throughout the garden, unique, individual creations across a wide range of media like the majestic Peacock by Ptolemy Elrington which is made from recycled car parts, seem to loom out of the gloom of a winter’s day. The viewer is confronted with these dramatic material statements and often challenged by their enigmatic qualities. The low winter sun, or the pale quality of the light before snow fall, has the effect of dramatically highlighting the sculptures. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 2pm most Wednesdays (please call 01805 626800 to check).
As the early winter dusk starts to settle over the garden and the night promises to be a bitter one, head back to the comfort of Rosemoor’s award winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant to enjoy a hot drink and a tempting slice of homemade cake before exploring everything that the well-stocked Plant Centre and Gift Shop has to offer.
Gardens, Plant Centre and Gift Shop open 10am – 5pm, Garden Kitchen Restaurant 10am – 4.30pm. Normal garden admission applies. For more information on events visit;
www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor or call 01805 626810
The prize includes winter-themed sweet treats along with a glass of Prosecco in the beautiful surroundings of the Rosemoor Gardens.
Note, the winner will have to pre-book and the prize must be redeemed in February, Monday to Friday only.
Closing date: 31st January 2018