Rosemoor Celebrates the Centenary of the End of World War I

A unique ceramic poppy display together with an ‘Unknown Soldier’ and aplanting of special celebration roses to mark the centenary of the end of First World War.

The Royal Horticultural Society has a long standing connection with the armed forces having lost many staff in the First and Second World Wars. Some of the garden team at one of its gardens – Rosemoor in Devon are ex. forces and so it is fitting therefore that Rosemoor is commemorating the Centenary of the end of the First World War with a unique display.

Armed Forces Day, 30 June

A hundred red ceramic poppies, beautifully interpreted and designed by popular South West based artist Renée Kilburn from Weston Super-Mare will be on display in a wildflower meadow, to start our celebrations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Standing tall amongst the poppies is a wonderful sculpture of an ‘Unknown Soldier’ affectionately known as George N. The magnificent life-size soldier is crafted by another Rosemoor favourite and local (Taunton) artist, George Hider.

Brand New for 2018 and also to celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War and in memory of those who lost their lives,Rosemoor has planted a group of Rosa Pax in the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden. Latin for ‘peace’, Rosa ‘Pax’ is a hybrid musk rose and was developedby the rose breeder, Joseph Pembertonand launched in 1918 to commemorate the end of WW1.

The Reverend Joseph Hardwick Pemberton grew up in the village of Havering-atte-Bower (now within the London Borough of Havering). Roses were a passion throughout his life, but it wasn’t until his retirement from the clergy that he began rose breeding. He created a new type of shrub rose which he called ’hybrid musks’. These are highly scented, with large clusters of flowers which bloom for months. Pemberton’s roses are still highly sought after today.

RosemoorArmistice Day 2018

The poppy and soldier display will stay up until 11 November when we welcome all serving and retired armed forces personnel for Remembrance Sunday. The Torrington Town Band will be playing at Rosemoor in the afternoon from 2.30pm. After which it will be included in our annual Winter Sculpture Exhibition which runs until 17 February.

The red poppies are available to purchase for £28 of which a £3.50 donation on every poppy sold goes to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Armed forces personnel (serving and retired) together with a family guest have free admission to Rosemoor on 30 June and Remembrance Day 11 November – simply bring ID or proof of status such as the Tri-Forces Veteran’s badge).

Normal garden admission applies, which is free for RHS Members. Please visit or call 01805 626810 for more details.