Welcome to Hydrangea Derby

Hydrangea Derby, a voluntary group, was set up in 2010 to look after the Hydrangea Garden in Darley Park.  Our aim is to create a beautiful and inclusive space in a corner of an exceedingly popular park to which visitors will come again and again.  In the last 11 years we have become the only National Collection of Hydrangea paniculata in the world with the responsibility of preventing any Hydrangea paniculata disappearing from cultivation.  There are many other hydrangeas to be seen however and you’ll find out about them as you go through our menu.  The garden now holds 9 of the most common species and 890 cultivars.

The garden is in a public park so is open all year with free entry.  Part of the collection is in a walled garden which is open from July to November when the plants are in full bloom.  It is open all day during these months and entry is free. 

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And a couple of the other species

Hydrangea arborescens 'Emerald Lace'       Hydrangea involucrata 'Hortensis'

2021 Hydrangea Macrophylla White Mopheads

Hydrangea macrophylla White Bouquet       Hydrangea macrophylla 'Woodworth White'

2021 Hydrangea Macrophylla Pink Mopheads

Each year we find that some hydrangeas put on a much better display than in other years.  These are a few pink mopheads that have attracted...

Hydrangea scandens Konteriji ki Nakafu

          This is one of our more unusual hydrangeas.  It's one of the scandens species and was planted in our garden in 2009.  It grows to about 1...

Hydrangea Derby Open Day 2021

This year the Open Day will be on Sunday, 8 August 2021.  This, of course, all dependent on Government guidelines and restrictions.  Keep an eye on...

New Trees for the Walled Garden

The walled garden has 4 new trees purchased and planted during the ‘National Tree Week’.  These will provide dappled shade for even more...

The New with the Old

Hydrangea macrophyllas normally flower all at once between July and August and then die back all together between September and October.  Some...

New Welcome Board for Darley Park Gardens

This has been in planning for a number of years now!  Don't know why it's taken so long but here it is.  It describes the revival of the Darley Park...

An Introduction to Hydrangeas

 Hydrangeas have come back into fashion and are now much more than the well-known pink (in alkaline soil) and blue (in acid soil) mop head and lacecap varieties.  While these have cultivated to become more and more elaborate, nurseries have discovered the charms of species that produce cone shaped flower heads, black stems, delicate serrated leaves and chocolate-coloured leaves with bristles. You will find compact hydrangeas for the front of your borders, large woodland ones, ones that climb up walls and ones that attract bees and butterflies.  Explore the variety on our Plant Page.