A visit to RHS Rosemoor

Sixty of us took off to Devon last Friday to visit RHS Rosemoor’s gardens and to see the first day of their first flower show.

We had torrential rain, thunder, flooded car parks, gridlocked traffic and general chaos. However, when the sun came out and we were all quietly steaming, then the true beauty of those gardens could not be denied!

It was so busy! As long as you did not want to park or buy food and drink, you were fine – and it was better if you didn’t do the latter because of the queues for the loos.

Pam from Hayle WI giving the gardeners a hand with a bit of dead-heading in the shrub rose garden.

But as you see from the pics, having said all that, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You can’t keep a good gal down that easily!

Withiel WI having fun making faces!

Apart from those glorious gardens there were good talks and live music in Lady Ann’s garden too (where we sat on deckchairs under brollies feeling truly English). Plus the shop and all those plants to buy!

We were so sorry to hear that one WI was marooned in a chaotic and flooded off-site car park with no transfer – and they had a really rotten day. Glad to say that Rosemoor apologised and gave refunds/gift tickets.

Penny from Illogan WI musing by the lake with waterlilies.

The flower show itself was a bit disappointing: it was a succession of nursery stalls selling plants, rather than a show. But it was certainly worth a visit – and we returned tired but happy, and with a boot bulging with gorgeous plants!

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