Hydrangea Derby is a partnership between Friends of Darley Open Spaces (FoDOS) and Derby City Council. It was formed in 2010 when Peter Smith, the founder of the collection, retired from the Council parks department and could see that without the help of volunteers the Plant Heritage collection would disappear. By the end of 2017, we’ve added another 120 to the collection and have partnered with Broomfield College who are looking after some others we were given.
So your help as a volunteer is essential if we are going to keep this collection of Hydrangeas (some on the endangered list) growing in Derby.
To join in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are getting ready to continue our work in the hydrangea garden in 2018. We continue to look for and receive new funding to the collection and to restore the heritage elements of the garden. We’re looking to add more permanent directional signage from the café this year and making another bed at the north end of the walled garden. We added 36 new cultivars to the collection in Spring and Autumn. The 24 Royal Horticultural trial plants are doing well and most of the 140 the plants given us by the French breeder have been placed at Broomfield College or our garden.
Volunteers meet most Tuesdays and the 4th Saturday of the month between March and October. We work for 2 hours between 10am and 12 noon with a coffee break except when the weather is against us. When there is extra maintenance to do or plants to plant we add some extra days. For the last 7 years the gates to the walled garden have been open from late July to late October. The first Tuesday work-day will be Tuesday 13th March when we will be pruning the Hydrangea paniculata cultivars. For a full list of dates and tasks, email us through our contact page.
The Open Day has been arranged for Sunday, 5th August 2018. We’ll be there to answer questions between 10.30am and 3pm with conducted tours at 11am and 2pm. No need to book. Meet at the Terrace Cafe.