Specialist nursery for pond, marginal and moisture loving plants

Tor Garden Plants is a water garden and plant nursery specialising in pond plants, water irises and moisture loving plants. Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon the nursery is overlooked by tors and the famous Brentor church. Formerly named Rowden Gardens, there has been a plant nursery on this site for the past 35 years and it is home to the Rowden Irises bred by John and Galen Carter during that time.

Passionate about growing strong healthy plants we also want to offer our customers the opportunity to benefit from years of horticultural experience in the extra services we offer.

Consultation and Design Service ››

Gardening Courses and Tutoring Service ››

For expert advice on building your pond or bespoke planting plans designed specifically for your garden please check out our new consultation and design page for more information.

For those who are looking to grow their gardening knowledge please look at our range of gardening courses and tutoring service.

We are now taking orders for Spring dispatch

We are now taking orders for Spring dispatch We are now taking online orders ready for dispatching plants at the end of March. We send all of our plants bareroot and therefore we wait for our plants to put on new growth before we dispatch. This allows your new plants the best possible chance to get established on receipt.

The webshop is now fully stocked with new plants being added regularly.

Rowden Iris Collection available at Tor Garden Plants

Rowden Iris Collection available at Tor Garden PlantsRHS Rosemoor have just been awarded national collection status for the Rowden Irises. The Rowden Irises were bred at this nursery by the original owners John and Galen Carter over the past 35 years and it is fantastic that these beautiful plants are now going to be conserved for the future.
The EXCITING NEWS is that we have also been working with John and Galen and have a near complete collection here at Tor Garden Plants with the view to making them available for sale so you can enjoy these rare and beautiful plants in your own garden. Some plants will have limited availability so watch this space for more news and updates to the website.

Who we are ...

My name is Emma Robertson and myself, my husband Tom and our 2 lurchers, fell in love with the nursery here at Brentor and made it our home. I have 20 years' experience working in horticulture, was recently a National Trust Head Gardener and have always been a keen plants woman, with a particular love of irises.

What we do ...

Here at Tor Garden Plants we have a passion to grow strong, healthy plants that will thrive in your garden. We supply plants for a range of situations from ponds, water features, bog gardens and those tricky moisture retentive areas of the garden.  All the plants we sell are grown on site within the mature water garden, so we can guarantee they are strong, hardy and healthy plants. We supply all of our plants bare root at the appropriate times of year.  We are working hard to reduce our use of plastic in the nursery and send all of our plants out in plastic free recyclable packaging.  Always happy to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.



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