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MELBOURNE HALL GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Melbourne
Derbyshire
DE73 8EN

8 miles south of Derby.

17 acres

Tel
01332 862502

Visit website

Opening Hours

2 Apr–28 Sep. Please see website for opening times.

Admission

Non-member adult £8.

RHS members

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

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Winter garden

About the garden

Owned by
Lord & Lady Ralph

Melbourne Hall Gardens with its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas is one of the best known formal gardens in the country and is one of the best surviving early 18th century English gardens in the manner of le Notre. It was laid out in the formal style by Rt. Hon Thomas Coke, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne, with help from the garden landscape designers George London and Henry Wise.

It is noted for its long tunnel of yew, its wrought iron pagoda created by Robert Bakewell and its statuary by Jan van Nost, notably the four seasons monument, a gift from Queen Anne.

Lord Ralph Kerr took over the running the Melbourne estate in 1987. His wife Lady Ralph Kerr is a painter of both portraits and landscapes. Since taking on the garden she has embarked on an extensive programme of restoration and planting within the original layout, and garnered praise from across the British gardening community. Her eye for colour and detail means that the Melbourne garden is a haven of delightful and unusual specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Begonias
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.