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Frosty and Sunny April 2017

Frosty and Sunny April 2017

You’ll notice from the photo there’s been a lot of frost damage over the past 2 weeks. The tips of the leaves on the top of the plants look burnt.  We'll leave these leaves on and by June you shouldn’t notice that anything has gone wrong.  We won’t know if some of the...

Every Little Helper

Every Little Helper

Volunteers have been looking after the 140 plants plant-breeder Jean Renault brought us last year, until they are big enough to go in the garden.  It doesn't matter how big the volunteer is!

What’s Been Happening

What’s Been Happening

  We started our Tuesday and Saturday mornings work on the 7th March and volunteers have just finished pruning the paniculatas and arborescens which will flower on this year’s growth.  The others flower on last year’s growth so we don’t prune those until the new...

Season 2017

Season 2017

The season has begun and green shoots are already appearing on the macrophyllas.  We have a gardening timetable of Tuesday mornings from 10 to 12 with a coffee break at 11.  This includes every 4th Saturday, also from 10 - 12.  If you'd like a copy get in touch...

Andy Potter of Radio Derby

Andy Potter of Radio Derby

Andy Potter came to our collection in the early days of its existence. He turned up one sunny morning with his microphone and asked us the questions which fitted into what we wanted to say, knowing we needed the publicity and Derby needed to know about this new...

Still Plenty to See

Still Plenty to See

The hydrangea season is usually from late July to late October so there is still plenty to see.  The paniculatas (coned shaped flowers) are particularly charming at the moment and well worth an extra visit.  Some of the macrophyllas are coming to an end of their...

2016 Open Day

2016 Open Day

Great day for our annual open day with 2 tours attracting 70 people, some as far as Norwich and Scotland.  Details of the different types of hydrangea, how to grow them, prune them and when to deadhead them were asked for and given.  We signed up more volunteers and...