A beautiful 65-acre garden in Devon had its best ever year for visitor numbers in 2013.
With the help of a glorious hot summer, the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Rosemoor, at Great Torrington, smashed all previous records having battled with poor summers over previous years.
In 2013, total visitor numbers rose by 10% to almost 150,000 making it one of the most popular attractions in Devon.
Sally Charleton, head of site at RHS Rosemoor, said: “The fact that visits to the garden have grown is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who make the garden such a wonderful experience for our visitors.
“We have high hopes for 2014 too, with many new developments and exciting events including our ‘Journeys into Middle Earth’ exhibition.”
The RHS acquired Rosemoor in 1988 after it was donated the estate by Lady Anne Palmer.
She had been inspired in the late 1950s by the enthusiasm of plantsman Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram, who invited her to visit his garden and encouraged her to return to North Devon with a few of his plants to start a garden.
The garden development continued with the planting of specimens collected by Lady Anne on her travels all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan, the USA and temperate South America.
Since taking charge, the society’s team has built on the strong foundations making considerable developments and increasing the garden’s horticultural interest and family appeal.
Under its stewardship, visitor numbers have steadily increased from 49,000 in 1990, to the record breaking figure of 146,000 in 2013.
Similar news has also been celebrated at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, in Essex, and RHS Garden Harlow Carr, in Yorkshire, both of which also announced their best visitor years ever.