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Renishaw Hall Gardens

There’s something very therapeutic about admiring perfectly pruned flowers, pristine formal hedges and a well-kept Kitchen Garden- couple that with a locally produced lunch or homemade cake and tea and well, that’s just a great day out.

Here’s our top 8 gardens in Derbyshire & the Peak District, so get ready to add these to your ‘must-see/eat’ list:

Winner of the 2015 HHA Garden of the Year award, Renishaw makes for a wonderful day out. Highlights include the classic Italian garden leading on to a tranquil lake, whimsical laburnum tunnel and even bluebells in the woodland. Renishaw Hall itself is only open to the public via guided tours, there is also a brilliant café in the courtyard of the Hall, serving lunches and treats!

It is also possible to have a garden tour, guided by the Head Gardener, who will explain all about the history of the garden and what’s happening currently- a great thing to do if you’re a gardening fan.

Call 01246 432 310 for info.

Chatsworth Gardens

The gardens at Chatsworth are internationally famous, and it can take a full day to walk around them completely- if you’re taking your time that is. To name just a few things that Chatsworth garden offers, there’s the outstanding water cascade, a maze, a wonderful Kitchen garden as well as many interesting sculptures and pieces of art.

Chatsworth House also changed food history forever. Without Joseph Paxton cultivating bananas in 1834 in the Chatsworth greenhouse, we wouldn’t have the banana we have today- and you can still see the historic greenhouses in the gardens now.

Chatsworth also have a brilliant restaurant, so there will be plenty of chances for lunch or Afternoon Tea!

Hardwick Hall Gardens

Hardwick Hall, as well as having a rich history, also comes with some amazing gardens. This garden is very Elizabethan in it’s style, and has four courtyards all within beautiful high sandstone walls. You can walk along amongst the perfectly shaped formal hedges, admired the romantic sculptures and stone busts. As well as a traditional historic house style garden there are also loads of vibrant flowers and plants, an orchard, as well as one of the most extensive herb gardens in the country. Most of these exciting bits of the garden are a direct influence of the 7th Duke of Devonshire, who re-designed it in 1870 – and was very similar to what can be seen today!

Within the grounds of Hardwick is the Great Barn Restaurant where you can enjoy some lunch and, it goes without saying, a slice of cake.

Tatton Park Garden

Tatton Park is very well known for being one of the most complete and historically accurate Edwardian-style gardens in the country. There’s a walled Kitchen garden, glasshouses, an Italian garden and a maze that was based on the one from Hampton Court Place!

Two of the highlights of Tatton Park’s Garden are the Japanese Garden (really is something to behold) and the arboretum which contains nearly 900 different plants.

Being part of the Cheshire Peak District, Tatton Park is one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction.

After walking around the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian garden, you can relax in one of the many on-site eateries. There is The Stables and the charming Gardener’s Cottage- where you can have proper afternoon tea!

Haddon Hall Gardens

Haddon Hall is known for being home to beautiful roses, but within both the upper and lower parts of the garden there are also many other fascinating elements. For example, Haddon has a working and historically accurate Elizabethan kitchen garden, based on what would have been grown in the times of the working medieval Kitchen.

Haddon Hall is a great place to come and enjoy a garden which combines beautiful flowers, charm and historic importance.

Located right on the River Wye, you can enjoy a lunch at the café, open from 10-5 in the summer and serve a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Thornbridge Hall Garden

Thornbridge are expert brewers of delicious beer BUT Thornbridge Hall (just five minutes drive from the brewery) has a spectacular garden too! There are many different areas of this garden, such as the The Orangery, The Kitchen Garden, The Scented Terrace, The Long Border, and the new Italian Garden.

One of our favourite parts of Thornbridge Hall Gardens is the Victorian Koi lake and water garden. Full of rich colour and tranquillity, and all from a natural water source.

You can also see one of the statues that features on one of the Thornbridge beers in the Italian garden, who they have named Flora.

The Gardens & Plant Nursery will also be open every Wednesday & Thursday in May, June, July, August and September (9am-5pm).

Calke Abbey Gardens

As well as being a fascinating and unusual historic house, Calke Abbey comes with a garden full of variety. There’s a wonderful kitchen garden (which is still used today for the restaurant and café), formal gardens and some whimsical woodland to explore too. One of the highlights of the garden is the orangery, which after being built in 1777 gradually became dilapidated- until it’s recent restoration!

As mentioned before, there’s a restaurant (serving all sorts of food and most importantly, cake) and a café which is open in the peak season.

Dorothy Clive Garden

This is one for anyone with a love for flowers. This is a smaller and more intimate garden, but has a fantastic selection of blooms, such as azaleas, rhododendrons and laburnums- all perfect for Spring and Summer!

There is also a tearoom, and therefore yet another excellent chance for handmade scones and tea.

5 glorious gardens you should visit in the Peak District

PUBLISHED: 13:54 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:47 22 May 2015

High Roost

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Since its foundation the National Gardens Scheme has raised over £43m for nursing, caring and gardening charities. Here’s a selection of Peak District gardens to look out for…

High Roost

High Roost

Set on terraced slopes with views over fields and hills, High Roost’s plant-packed wildlife friendly garden rooms are explored via winding paths, steps and enticing archways. An alpine bed, vegetable garden, statuary and planters are some of its tucked away treasures. High Roost, 27 Storthmeadow Road, Simmondley, Glossop SK13 6UZ. Peter and Christina Harris, 01457 8638888. Adm £2.50. NGS 28 June, 12-4pm. Groups by appointment June to July.

Birchfield

Birchfield

A more perfect situation for this .75 acre part-terraced garden would be hard to find, although gardeners will appreciate the challenge of its north-east facing hillside location. A pond, 1.25 acre arboretum and wildflower meadow, and an impressive plant collection that ensures an interesting and colourful all-year-round display make this garden a pleasure to visit. Birchfield, Dukes Drive, Ashford in the Water, DE45 1QQ. Brian Parker, 01629 813800. Visitors by arrangement, adm £3 April to September, £2 October to March.

Dam Stead

Dam Stead

A nearby reservoir and river together with the through-flowing stream and its own dam and island, make water the outstanding feature at Dam Stead. Kingfishers, herons, wrens and woodpeckers are just a few of the frequent visitors. Fragrant and orchard gardens, a rose tunnel, long woodland path and natural wildlife garden also make this one of the Peak District’s prettiest gardens. The village carnival and well dressing week take place in mid August. Dam Stead, 3 Crowhole, Barlow, Dronfield S18 7TJ. Derek and Barbara Saveall, 0114 2890802. Adm £2.50. Six plus visitors welcome by arrangement April to October.

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

Sure to delight the eye of any artist, this south-facing garden looks out onto beautiful countryside. Herbaceous borders, secret areas and a geranium-carpeted orchard are highlights. Sculptures made by the owner appear among the foliage and the artist’s studio has ceramics for sale. Cherry Hill, The Nook, Eyam S32 5QP. June Elizabeth Skinner, 01433 631036. Adm £3.50, NGS day 21 June, 1-5pm. Visitors welcome by arrangement May to June.

Westgate

Westgate

Set in the tranquil High Peak village of Combs, which is bounded to the east, west and south by gritstone edges and moorland, this large sloping garden features mixed borders and beds sure to delight devotees of perennials, hosta and heuchera. Vegetable and fruit beds, a large rockery, a natural pond and stream with bog area are other highlights. Westgate, Combs Road, Combs, Chapel-en-le-Frith, SK23 9UP. Maurice and Chris Lomas, [email protected] Adm £3, NGS 31 May, 28 June, 1-5pm. Visitors welcome by arrangement May to July for groups of 10 or more.

Open Gardens

The Peak District is proud of its open gardens and gardeners, who meticulously tend their plots, manicure their lawns and cultivate a multicoloured miscellany of plants, shrubs and trees.
Whilst there are numerous parks and public gardens that are open for visitors all year round, some remain secret gardens that are generally hidden behind high hedgerows and walls.
Some Garden Centres feature landscaped plots and garden areas where they can advertise their plants in a natural setting that is open for everyone to enjoy, whilst historic houses in the Peak District often have formal and informal gardens which they open to the public with an admission charge for entry.
Open gardens is a concept that began many years ago, adopted as a method of fundraising by villages and towns. Proud residents with gardens that they are proud to show off, open their gates to the public for a nominal charge. Many open gardens are registered and promoted by the National Gardens Scheme.
Open gardens is a way of peeping behind the privet hedge, having a nosey around someone’s nasturtiums, snooping your way through the snowdrops and rummaging through their rose bushes!
Whether your preference is for borders neatly laid out with a colourful collage of annual blooms or an informal hotchpotch and kaleidoscope of perennial perfection, the open gardens of the Peak District will be sure to dazzle you with a truly stunning floral display.

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