Magical Myths and Legends

Friday 20 December 2013

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor in Devon has just launched its ‘Myths and Legends’ inspired Winter Sculpture Exhibition.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor in Devon has just launched its ‘Myths and Legends’ inspired Winter Sculpture Exhibition. The exciting and eclectic mix of sculptures, from a diverse group of artists, is set against the dramatic backdrop of the garden in winter.

Rosemoor is open all year and winter is a fascinating time to explore the 65-acre garden. On frosty mornings, the garden sparkles in the sunlight and there is plenty of colour, fragrance and texture. Fantastic aromas fill the air and mix with surprising colours from the flowers of Viburnum, Sarcococca, Daphne and Mahonia; camellias, yew hedges, holly and ivy give rich evergreen tones while ornamental trees such as Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, (west Himalayan birch) Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry) and a National Plant Collection of Cornus display really unusual bark colours and textures for visitors to see.

Within this amazing backdrop, the ever-popular Winter Sculpture Exhibition returns, and continues until 23 February 2014. More than 120 pieces of sculpture have been placed around the garden to enlighten, amuse and inspire visitors. Created by more than 20 of the UK’s top sculptors including Simon Brant, Ama Menec, George Hider and Ian Marlow, many of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Visitors can also enjoy free, guided sculpture walks, which leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings.

The Winter Sculpture Exhibition is open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am – 5pm and is subject to normal garden admission. For more information about RHS Garden Rosemoor, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor/what-s-on or telephone 0845 265 8072.

 

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For more information, please contact Richard Mulford, Marketing and PR Manager on tel: 01805 626814 or richardmulford@rhs.org.uk  

Following the ‘Myths and Legends’ exhibition, Rosemoor will be home to ‘Journeys Into Middle-Earth’, opening on 24 May, which will include original art and paintings from Ted Nasmith, a leading illustrator for JRR Tolkien’s iconic books. Letters and memorabilia kindly loaned by the Tolkien family will also be displayed alongside the art and families can follow special trails, seeing garden sculptures including the outside of a Middle-Earth dwelling and garden.


RHS Garden Rosemoor awards include Silver in Visit Devon’s Best Large Visitor Attraction 2013, North Devon’s Top Day Out 2013, Which? Travel Best UK Garden 2012, Best Café / Tearoom 2013 in Devon’s Food & Drink ‘Love The Flavour’ and also Best Restaurant 2013 and 2012 (Garden Centre’s Association Wales & West Region).


Photographs of sculptures, winter flowering plants and colourful barks and stems are available to download at www.rhs.photoshelter.com. Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact pressoffice@rhs.org.uk  to gain access.

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor 01805 626810

Opening times
The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
April – September Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
October – March Mon – Sun: 10am – 5pm
Last admission is one hour before closing.

2013 Admission prices (valid until 5 Jan 2014)
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).

Non-members:
Adults £8.50
Children (5 – 16yrs) £4.25
Children 4yrs & under Free
Family (2 + 2) £22.80
Groups of more than 10 people £6.70pp Group visits must be booked in advance

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 209 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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