Romantic couples can celebrate Valentine’s weekend by planting their very own rose bush in the botanical gardens at Paignton Zoo.
Sam Mudge, from Paignton Zoo, told the Devon Week: “Express your feelings for each other by planting a rose together at Paignton Zoo this weekend. You can also get some tips on growing roses from our gardens team. It’s a unique opportunity to become part of the Paignton Zoo botanical gardens.
“Couples can plant a rose to mark Valentine’s Day or if they have a significant anniversary this year – or simply because they are romantic. Come back every year and see how your love has grown.”
Paignton Zoo head gardener Catherine Mortimer will help people plant their rose bushes and answer horticultural queries. She said: “The varieties that we will be planting are Summer Song, which is a deep orange with a strong scent, Lady Of Shalott, a reliable and hardy rose with blooms that are salmon pink with a golden yellow reverse, and Munstead Wood – the large blooms are deep velvety crimson in the middle with an old rose perfume. This rose is named after Gertrude Jekyll’s garden in Surrey.”
Couples will be able to add a personal label to their plant and will take home a souvenir certificate. Spaces are limited and booking is essential – telephone 0844 474 2222 for more information. Planting the roses is free of charge, though standard admission prices apply.
In addition, there is a Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at Paignton Zoo on Saturday, February 12. The candle-lit dinner – complete with live music and a disco – is in Paignton Zoo’s Island Restaurant. To book, telephone 0844 474 2227.