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.

Opening times 2022

If you would like to come and have a look around please just give us a call on 07718224641. We are very accommodating and we will arrange a time that suits you.

Mail order plants will also start being dispatched from April 1st and we are now taking online orders.


IRIS OPEN DAY - SATURDAY JUNE 11th 2022We are opening the doors of the nursery to the public on JUNE 11th from 10am till 4pm,to view our fantastic collection of water irises. It is the perfect time to see the iris in full flower throughout the many nursery ponds and beds.
Entry is free with donations being collected for the Devon Wildlife Trust who will also have a stall on site.
Plant sales available

The National Collection of Rowden Nursery Plants will also be on display throughout the garden.To find out more about our national collection please see the link below;

National Collection Rowden Nursery Plants

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

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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