2021 Update

As soon as the situation allows we would like to get out and about visiting gardens, but if we cannot get out as a large group. If you are new to the area,  here are some less well-known local gardens which are worthy of a visit. Always check with the gardens or website as the situation is subject to change

Lea Gardens.

These wonderful Azalea and Rhododendron gardens lie on a steep slope above Holloway. They did open in 2020 with a one way system, so hopefully they will open again this year, their planned opening date is March 1st. Paths are steep and disabled access is limited. They also have a coffee shop and plant sales.

Thornbridge Hall,

 Lovely country house gardens with a coffee shop, plant sales and walks.  They are being redeveloped and are partially accessible and largely level. They did not open in 2020

The Cascades. Bonsall.

 A peaceful and natural garden in the valley. Planning to open within Covid guidelines on March 1st.

RHS Bridgewater.

The RHS are developing a new garden at Bridgewater near Manchester. As an affiliated group, Matlock U3A gardening group are entitled to a visit for 50 people for free. This was booked for 2020 and is rebooked for Monday 13th September 2021. Forks and spades crossed!

Normal Activities

The purpose of the group is primarily to enable those with an interest in gardening to share their knowledge and experience with other like-minded amateur gardening enthusiasts, and to learn from them.

During the summer months the Gardening Group enjoys outdoor visits either of members’ gardens, local NGS Open Gardens or village Open Garden events. We also venture further afield to see RHS and National Trust gardens and garden shows.

The groups’ coordinator is Liz Walker, who can be contacted by email, or by telephone on 01629 733654 or 0774 8917232.

Perfect Garden?

Is your garden now perfect, thanks to all the extra time that you’ve had to lavish on it? Then it is time to try the Garden Group Quiz