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 closed until Spring 2022

We are now closed until Spring 2022The nursery is now closed to visitors and for mail orders until March 2022.
We normally dispatch our plants bareroot and with the majority of pond plants going into a dormant period during winter, we will now wait until new growth is coming through in the spring before we start to dispatch orders.
We are happy to answer any questions about your upcoming pond projects during this time and garden consultations are still available during the winter months, just contact us through our enquiry form.
Thank you to all of our customers this season and we will see you all next spring.

BBC Gardeners World

BBC Gardeners World The nursery recently featured on BBC Gardeners World. If you want to know a little bit more about us and the nursery then you can catch us on the iplayer link below:

BBC Gardeners World Episode

How to pot up your bareroot pond plants

How to pot up your bareroot pond plants If you are wondering how to pot up your pond plants when they arrive and the benefits of buying bareroot plants, check out our new you tube video.

How to pot up your pond plants video

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.

The Rowden Nursery Collection

We are now officially National Plant Collection holders for the 'Rowden Nursery Collection'. A collection of over 100 plants bred here at the nursery by John and Galen Carter.  As new owners we think it is important to keep the history of the nursery alive and conserve these special plants for the future and make them available to our customers.

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