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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...

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

This hydrangea used to be at the entrance to the outer garden but was floppy and unattractive so we moved it in 2014 to a slope at the end of the outer garden, just against the wall of the walled garden.  It did well in 2015 but this year surprised us with these...

Community Art Mosaic Opening

Community Art Mosaic Opening

Things have been happening quickly these last few days.  The mosaic is to be opened/unveiled on Tuesday, 12th July at 10am.  Andy Potter of Radio Derby will be doing the honours and following that, the Mayor Cllr Linda Winters will be saying a few words.  Tania Pells...

Jean Renault

Jean Renault

Jean Renault has a nursery in France and has cultivated 6 well know hydrangea paniculatas as well as propagating many other hydrangea varieties.  He come with his son in law, Raymond who interpreted for us, on a short visit to England to see our collection as well as...

Foundation Derbyshire

Foundation Derbyshire

As a national collection, we are expected to have all our the plants labelled.  In 2014 we found some funding to buy the reconstituted plastic posts onto which we attached an engraved plaque with the genus, species and cultivar of the plant.  The engraving machine is...

Mosaic Workshops now complete

Mosaic Workshops now complete

Workshops were held in the park, St Matthew's church hall, the Quad and the Silk Mill and a lot of the mosaic was stuck down.  Amanda, the artist, has now taken it back to her studio to finish it off.  It will go in the hydrangea garden during June and we're planning...

Deadhead Day 2016

Deadhead Day 2016

We had another jolly day giving the hydrangeas their annual haircut.  The sun was kind and we all had a peaceful and therapeutic couple of hours taking care of the hydrangeas which are already getting ready to flower again in July.  A couple of robins came to see what...