Have you ever wanted to have a good nosy around other people’s gardens? Perhaps for inspiration for your own garden, or to admire the sheer dedication that goes into keeping a grand garden design? Well when the Open Garden season is here there is a bounty of gardens in and around the picturesque Hope Valley for you to view and admire. Some are wildlife gardens, others have a specific theme, some will be perfectly detailed to the last blade of grass, others will be practical and productive; but all bring their own special charm and characters.
Most of the gardens are open annually at certain times of the year but some allow you to see their gardens in every season. Some are the gardens of individuals, opened up as part of a local event, others are community projects or the gardens of stately homes. The Sheffield Winter Garden, for example, is open all year round and is free to enter! So whilst it may be cold and snowy on the outside, once inside you are transported to a tropical green oasis of beauty!
Gardeners, custodians or house owners are often on hand to part with some gardening advice or to identify plants and there may be cuttings and seeds for sale so that you can take a little bit of their garden back to yours! There are cafes and tearooms in the more established gardens, while the private gardens opened up for specific events tend to have local tearooms nearby, or have stalls set up for the occasion.
If you are willing to travel a little further, then Wentworth Castle gardens boasts gardens of the most historical significance in the country whilst Wortley Hall Gardens have free admission and an impressive kitchen garden that supplies produce for many local restaurants. Renishaw Hall Gardens have a continental air about them and a brilliant adventure garden for children to explore!
Don’t miss out on these garden gems that provide mini paradises of breathtaking beauty in the heart of the Peak District!