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New Trees for the Walled Garden

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 hydrangeas.   3 are Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura for short) and 1 is a Liquidambar styraciflua Black Beauty.  Thank you...

The New with the Old

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 hydrangea breeders are trying to develop everlasting hydrangeas that will keep producing new flower heads on new growth...

Hydrangea Derby Stop Press

Hydrangea Derby Stop Press

The gates are now closed, completing a very unusual year which affected us volunteers somewhat but left the hydrangeas completely unaffected.  They were more worried about the late frost and early drought.  Over Winter we plan to plant out more of the paniculata...

2020 Green Flag Community Award

2020 Green Flag Community Award

The Green Flag Community Award is an annual review, run by Keep Britain Tidy, of the green spaces being maintained and transformed by the community. The criteria includes: is the space welcoming and safe; does it involve the local community positively; is...

2020 Gates Closing. Tuesday, 3 November 2020

2020 Gates Closing. Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The hydrangea season is coming to an end so we are closing the gates of the walled garden on Tuesday, 3 November 2020.  The outer garden stays open all year.  It's been a funny old year what with one thing and another.  The hydrangeas suffered from the early drought...

Erewash Sound in the Garden

Erewash Sound in the Garden

Gardener Steve visited the hydrangea garden on Saturday, where we spent a couple of very pleasant hours, offering plants for donations and talking to Steve about our collection and the garden, and sharing the benefit of our experience of maintaining the hydrangeas. ...

Hydrangea Derby Just Giving Page

Hydrangea Derby Just Giving Page

Because of Covid 19, we've not been able to do our Open Day or the private tours which are a large part of our income.  So that we can keep the hydrangea garden looking good for all our visitors, we've set up a Just Giving page.  If you press on the link, it will take...

Walled Garden Gates Opening

Walled Garden Gates Opening

The gates of the walled garden will be opened on Saturday, 18th July 2020.  On Friday, 17th July, Gardeners' World will be re-running the piece they did on the garden back in 2018.  It will give you a flavour of what is in store in the walled garden.  We have a one...