If you are looking for a nice stroll in a park, love to explore beautiful sceneries and want to feel relaxed when your kids run around freely with no fear of cars in the vicinity, you\’ve come to the right place.
We have compiled a list of several special gardens to visit.
We know that it can be difficult to know which to choose from. However, if you have never been to Chatsworth, Tatton Park or Biddulph Grange, these must be your first choices (and they are all very different to each other!).
‘The greatest private palace in England’ (The Independent), a visit here could last more than one day. It has a fabulous house, gardens, grounds, farmyard and the renowned farm shop all are open to visitors. The house has over 30 rooms open to the public and the garden has over 100 acres including the famous water features. Plus don’t forget the Farmyard and Adventure Playground for the smaller ones. Lovely shops and Cafes, and Restaurants.
Tatton Park Gardens
Home of the RHS Flower Show in July
A fabulous garden including a Japanese garden. Also home to the summer RHS Tatton Park Show. If you are here in approximately the third week of July and a gardener, this is a must see!
The Burrows Gardens
Burrows Lane, Brailsford, DE6 3BU (between Ashbourne and Derby)
A delightful garden created by Craig Dalton, who loves meeting fellow gardeners. It is generally open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the spring, summer and autumn months.
Dunham Massey Gardens
Cheshire WA14 4SJ
A wonderful National Trust house with a famous deer park and, now, a newly created Winter Garden. From the late 1600’s a Deer Park was established and in the ensung 100 years over 100,000 tress were planted. These frame the formal avenues that fan out accross the park. If you visit in the autumn you may see (and hear!) the deer rutting. Go in late winter/early spring to see the multitued of spring bulbs and wintr plants.
Jodrell Bank Arboretum
Started by the astronomer Lovell, it holds ther national collections of Malus and Sorbus
Arley Hall gardens
Claimed to have the oldest herbaceous border in England! Do visit if you are staying at a Party House in the summer perenniel months!
Dorothy Clive garden
Set in a 200 year old quarry
The Lavender Patch
Hall Croft Farm, Hilton Near Derby
A pcik your own lavender farm, Buy plants and visit the tea rooms. Call for opening hours (c Mid June to mid December)
Wollerton Old Hall gardens
An Arts and Crafts garden
Hodnet Hall gardens
70 acres of woodland garden
Stapely Water garden
A water garden nursery (c 60 acres) with big glasshouses
Long Lane, Matlock, DE4 5GH
A wonderful spring garden full of azaleas, rhododendrons, kalmias and alpines. Open daily c mid March to end June (phone before visitng)
Alton Towers gardens
Famous as a theme park, but the gardens are also lovely
The Herb Garden
Hall View Cottage, Hardstoft, Pilsley, Chesterfield, S45 8AH
One of the best herb gardens in the country and a wide aray of plants for sale.
Biddulph Grange Garden – The National Trust
A National Trust, recently restored garden. It is a series of world garden rooms. Fabulous fun to explore for keen gardeners and children alike! A mid 19th Century garden designed by James Bateman, featuring the Egyptian Court, Chinese Garden and Temple, Pinetum, Fernery, Rock Gardens and tree lined avenues.