THIS weekend two Derbyshire gardens will be open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme for the first time.
On Sunday, June 26, Cherry Hill, The Edge, off the Nook in Eyam opens its one-acre naturally planted artists’ garden. With a south facing aspect there are gravelled paths through hazel archways, a geranium carpeted orchard, vegetable plot and hidden scultures amongst the foliage, as well as an artist’s studio which will also be open. Entrance is £3 for adults with children free of charge and this goes to National Gardens Scheme (NGS) charities. Home-made teas are available and the garden is open from 12 noon until 5pm.
Also on Sunday, 40 Derby Road, Risley, will be open from 1pm until 5pm. It is a particularly photogenic garden with delphiniums, geraniums, clematis and peonies together with many famous old roses including some magnificent ramblers. There is a patio area with scree bed, troughs and pots surrounded by salvias, lavenders and cistus paths to wander through wisteria-covered arbours. Entrance is £2 50 for adults with children free of charge.
NGS gardens continue to open right through the summer and this year 71 gardens are within Derbyshire, eight of which are open for the first time.
For further details pick up a free leaflet at tourist information centres, libraries and garden centres or contact Irene Dougan on 01335 370958.