Volunteer with Hydrangea Derby

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.

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 info@hydrangeaderby.co.uk

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Hydreangea Derby Needs You!

We are getting ready to continue our work in the hydrangea garden in 2016.  We continue to look for and receive new funding to the collection and to restore the heritage elements of the garden, including 3 new gates for the walled garden thanks to Rolls Royce Apprentices in 2015.  We added to the collection in Spring and Autumn and are trialling 24 new varieties of macrophylla for the Royal Horticultural Society.

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 5 years the gates to the walled garden have been open from late July to late October.  The first Tuesday work-day will be Tuesday 1th 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, 7th August 2016.  We’ll be there to answer questions between 10am and 3pm with conducted tours at 11am and 2pm.  No need to book.  Meet at the Terrace Cafe.

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