Rosemoor looked lovely with beautifully trimmed hedges and many clumps of snowdrops. The Mediterranean garden is situated in a sheltered area, protected by trees and shrubs, with plenty of large rocks and hard landscaping. Susie talked through its management and care. The land was given to the RHS in 1988 by Lady Anne Berry when what is now the Mediterranean area was used for tennis courts and croquet lawns, with naturally acid clay soil and poor drainage. This proved difficult for Mediterranean plants. The RHS created terracing, imported soil, added huge amounts of leaf mulch and mixed in stone to improve drainage. They added gravel paths and feature boulders. Then many Cupressus were planted for height, along with Tamarix, Genista, and grasses. Self-seeding has been encouraged. It would look very different in high summer from how it was at the time of our visit.
The winter garden was full of scent from Daphne bholua, Hamamelis, Sarcococca and Mahonia all contrasting with the stems of Cornus and Salix.