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Rowden Gardens was created from a bare field by John Carter and his wife Galen in 1982 , in order to display the large range of aquatic and rare plants that they grew and sold in their Nursery. For many years their stands won medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court, N.E.C. Birmingham, Malvern, and other major Shows; and their plants were exported worldwide. Sadly due to advancing years and ill health the Nursery has now been closed and no longer sells plants.

The beautiful and unusual garden has appeared on BBC's Gardener's World, Channel 4, and in many other national and regional television programmes. It has been recommended in "The Gardener's Guide to Britain", and in the RHS Garden Finder. Numerous articles have been written about the Gardens and visitors come from all around the world to see the very significant plant collections. These are laid out in a level rectangle of about an acre, with eight canal-like ponds displaying the National Collection of Water Iris, comprising over a hundred varieties, as well as substantial numbers of water lilies and other aquatics.

Galen Carter is the Iris laevigata representative for the British Iris Society and has had articles published both in the UK and the USA. John Carter has judged for the RHS, and as an expert in his field, has contributed to many magazines including "The Garden", "The Water Gardener", and "The Plantsman". He is also the author of "Water in a Small Garden" published in 2007 by Dorling Kindersley for the Royal Horticultural Society and was an advisory contributor to the 5th edition of the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers. He is a past President of the Devon group of Plant Heritage  and is currently working as a freelance consultant and advisor on ponds and pond planting.  


Mr and Mrs. J. R. L. Carter, Rowden Gardens, Brentor, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 0NG
Telephone: 01822 810275
Last updated 7th October 2016
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