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Open Wed & Thur, 3 Apr–26 Sep (closed 11 Apr); plus Tue, 4 Jun–27 Aug.

THORNBRIDGE HALL

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Thornbridge Hall
Ashford in the Water
Derbyshire
DE45 1NZ

12 acres (5.6ha)

Tel
01629 640617

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £7.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

National Gardening Scheme dates

Please see NGS website

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Gravel garden
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Water garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
James & Emma Harrison

Thornbridge Hall is surrounded by 4.8 ha (12-acre) of quintessentially English gardens, set in the heart of the Peak District National Park. It was designed at the end of the 19th Century to create a vision of '1,000 shades of green', which the owner wanted to be able to see from his bedroom window. The gardens are a perfect example of Victorian drive, determination and engineering to manipulate the landscape into a series of garden rooms.

The gardens first opened to the public in the 1930s and there are many distinct areas including the Italian garden, 30m (100ft) herbaceous border, water garden and koi lake, as well as terraced lawns overlooking the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Visitors will also come across three temples, numerous statues, 46 urns and two grottos, all of which were incorporated into the garden in the 1890s. Some of the statuary came from Clumber Park and Chatsworth, while some were gifts from the Greek government.

The current ownership has seen the development of the Kitchen Garden, Scented Terrace, Long Border, modern knot garden, orangery and greenhouse.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wisteria

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