Derbyshire, North

This group has around 120 members.  It meets in the Matlock area to hear speakers, has garden visits in summer, organises a weekend trip to gardens and has a plant sale.


Meetings are held at the Gothic Warehouse, Arkwright’s Mill, Cromford  DE4 3RQ

 Opposite Wheatcrofts café on the canal side. We meet upstairs


All meetings are on a Saturday 1.30 for 2.00pm Tea/Coffee available at £1.00 per person




Christmas Lunch was postponed due to snow. New date Sunday 28th January 2018 Willersley Castle Hotel Cromford  DE4 5JH   12.30 for 1.00pm as previously planned.

Winter Speakers 2017 - 2018

As members may already know, we have had to change our venue for meetings. Sadly the Temple Hotel in Matlock Bath is closed We have had a long association with Chris and Mel and have sent our thanks to them for hosting our meetings for many years. Our new venue is listed above.

November 11th  2017


Sally Cunningham from Garden Organic is going to talk about ‘New developments in vegetable growing’.


Sally is registered with WEA, Leicester, and has run many courses over the years both for Garden Organic and other organisations. Her particular interests are Asian vegetables and wildlife in the garden. She has researched and grown many Asian vegetables on a South Midlands allotment.


January 13th  2018


Robert Barlow is going to give a talk ‘Endon Well Dressing. 170 years of History Portrayed in Flowers’.


He is Chairman and Well Designer for the Endon Well Dressing Festival, which celebrated its 170th Anniversary during 2014. Robert Barlow also runs North Staffordshire Hostas with his wife Margaret from their home in the village of Endon, in North Staffordshire.


February 17th  2018


Anthony Norman will talk to us about ‘Colour in Leaf’.


Anthony, with his wife Susan, run the Cheshire-based specialist nursery, Conquest Plants. His areas of expertise include growing and using coloured foliage plants.  He is currently building a National Collection of Euonymus.


March 10th  2018


Jane Allison will talk about  ‘Banquet for Bees and Butterflies’. Providing for bees and butterflies in your garden. A look at how we can help them all year round through our planting choices.


Jane Allison runs Mayfields Plants and Garden Design from her third of an acre garden in Stanthorne, Cheshire. She specialises in cottage garden perennials, many of which are grown from seed, and propagated from plants in her own herbaceous borders.


Thanks to Chris Middleton for arranging our speakers.

RHS Chatsworth Show

Some of our members represented the National Cottage Garden Society at the new RHS Show at Chatsworth House in June. They built a stand and, despite dreadful weather, had real success in raising money for the society and recruiting new members to Cottage Gardening. If you would like to be involved in the 2018 Show planning please contact Lorraine Wolsey or Rosy Thacker.
Finally, I’d like to thank our committee for all their hard work in making our events a success. The Plant Sale, The Weekend Away, Summer Garden visits, Coach Trip, Winter Speakers and  the Bring and Share only happen because they are a dedicated team.


We look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Best Wishes

Lorraine Wolsey

Membership Fees 
ur membership year runs from January to December.

Single Membership: £6         Two members residing at the same address: £10

Please submit your subscriptions to:-    

Mrs. Rosemary Thacker, 14 Edge Road, Matlock DE4 3NH

Cheques should be made payable to: North Derbyshire Cottage Garden Society. Fees can be paid at the indoor meetings.    

Remember that you are insured when on our garden visits only if you are a member of The National Cottage Garden Society.  Subscriptions are due on 1st October 2017.  To apply for membership contact:  Single membership £12, Joint £15








Rosemary Thacker
14 Edge Road
United Kingdom

Tel. 01629 56801

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