What to book: Rose Festival at RHS Garden Rosemoor

The North Devon garden plays host to a glorious celebration of Britain’s best-loved bloom

The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden in summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Image: Jim Wileman/courtesy of the RHS

North Devon’s RHS Garden Rosemoor has burst into bloom in time for its annual Rose Festival, a month-long celebration of the much-loved flower. With two of the country’s largest rose gardens, between them home to an enormous floral collection, Rosemoor abounds with bright colours and delicious scents.

Embark on the Rose Trail through the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden, the Long Borders and the Cottage Garden to learn about the many beautiful varieties and the stories behind them. Watch flower-arranging demonstrations by expert florists every Wednesday; visit the floral-themed craft and food market on 24 and 25 June to explore more than 30 stalls; and stop off at the Garden Kitchen to sample rose-inspired delicacies, such as rose meringues or rose and rhubarb cakes, accompanied by a cup of the restaurant’s signature Turkish Delight coffee. Several late-night openings are also planned so that visitors can enjoy the scent of roses at dusk.

The Shrub Rose Garden in summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Image: Jason Ingram/courtesy of the RHS

The Rose Festival is at RHS Rosemoor, North Devon, until 30 July.

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