Specialist nursery for water, marginal and moisture loving plants

Covid-19 update - We are open for mail order plants and taking orders.

We are still taking orders for mail order plants.  We are using Royal Mail 1st class postage or courier for delivery.

We are still offering local deliveries in Tavistock area or click and collect from the nursery with social distancing guidelines being adhered to.


Tor Garden Plants is a water garden and mail order 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 Mr and Mrs Carter during that time.


WE ARE NOW SUPPLIERS OF ROOT NURSE FABRIC POTS- Biodegradable, breathable, reusable and made from recycled plastic bottles and natural fibres, these pots are perfect for pond plants and last 3-5 years before breaking down.  Plastic pots often become brittle after 3-5 years of use and then have to be sent off to land fill.  Available in 2 litre, 3.8 litre and 8 litre sizes with handles making it easier to lift in an out of the pond.(click here to buy)

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 over 15 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 offer a plastic free mail order service.  Always happy to offer advice and answer any questions you may have, we are mainly a mail order nursery but will open to customers by appointment only.

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