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.

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

Container ponds - Create your own pond in a pot

Container ponds - Create your own pond in a pot Check out our 'Pond in a pot plant packs' to create your own container ponds.
People often think they need a big space to have a pond in their garden. It is possible to make a mini pond in any garden by using a pot or container. Not only do they make a nice water feature they are extremely beneficial to wildlife.




Buy a Pond in a pot plant pack

Nursery Opening 2021

Nursery Opening 2021The nursery is now open by appointment
Please contact us on 07718224641 to arrange a convenient time for your visit.

We find opening by appointment allows us to spend more time with our customers and help you find the right plants for your pond/garden.

We also do site visits and design planting schemes. Please see our garden consultation page for details.

You can order all your plants online with delivery via mail order at anytime. Our webshop is fully stocked with new stock added regularly.

Local customers in Tavistock area please contact us with your orders to arrange free delivery or a conveniant time to collect your plants from the nursery.

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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