5 glorious gardens you should visit in the Peak District
PUBLISHED: 13:54 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:47 22 May 2015
Since its foundation the National Gardens Scheme has raised over £43m for nursing, caring and gardening charities. Here’s a selection of Peak District gardens to look out for...
Set on terraced slopes with views over fields and hills, High Roost’s plant-packed wildlife friendly garden rooms are explored via winding paths, steps and enticing archways. An alpine bed, vegetable garden, statuary and planters are some of its tucked away treasures. High Roost, 27 Storthmeadow Road, Simmondley, Glossop SK13 6UZ. Peter and Christina Harris, 01457 8638888. Adm £2.50. NGS 28 June, 12-4pm. Groups by appointment June to July.
A more perfect situation for this .75 acre part-terraced garden would be hard to find, although gardeners will appreciate the challenge of its north-east facing hillside location. A pond, 1.25 acre arboretum and wildflower meadow, and an impressive plant collection that ensures an interesting and colourful all-year-round display make this garden a pleasure to visit. Birchfield, Dukes Drive, Ashford in the Water, DE45 1QQ. Brian Parker, 01629 813800. Visitors by arrangement, adm £3 April to September, £2 October to March.
A nearby reservoir and river together with the through-flowing stream and its own dam and island, make water the outstanding feature at Dam Stead. Kingfishers, herons, wrens and woodpeckers are just a few of the frequent visitors. Fragrant and orchard gardens, a rose tunnel, long woodland path and natural wildlife garden also make this one of the Peak District’s prettiest gardens. The village carnival and well dressing week take place in mid August. Dam Stead, 3 Crowhole, Barlow, Dronfield S18 7TJ. Derek and Barbara Saveall, 0114 2890802. Adm £2.50. Six plus visitors welcome by arrangement April to October.
Sure to delight the eye of any artist, this south-facing garden looks out onto beautiful countryside. Herbaceous borders, secret areas and a geranium-carpeted orchard are highlights. Sculptures made by the owner appear among the foliage and the artist’s studio has ceramics for sale. Cherry Hill, The Nook, Eyam S32 5QP. June Elizabeth Skinner, 01433 631036. Adm £3.50, NGS day 21 June, 1-5pm. Visitors welcome by arrangement May to June.
Set in the tranquil High Peak village of Combs, which is bounded to the east, west and south by gritstone edges and moorland, this large sloping garden features mixed borders and beds sure to delight devotees of perennials, hosta and heuchera. Vegetable and fruit beds, a large rockery, a natural pond and stream with bog area are other highlights. Westgate, Combs Road, Combs, Chapel-en-le-Frith, SK23 9UP. Maurice and Chris Lomas, firstname.lastname@example.org. Adm £3, NGS 31 May, 28 June, 1-5pm. Visitors welcome by arrangement May to July for groups of 10 or more.