Derbyshire, North

   This group has around 120 members.   It meets at The Bassett Rooms, Church Street, Ashover, S45 0AB to hear speakers, has garden visits in summer, organises a weekend trip 

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


Membership fees:  Membership runs from January to December.

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

Subscriptions to :- Mrs. Rosemary Thacker, 14 Edge Road, Matlock DE4 3NH

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

**Remember that you are only insured on our garden visits/plant sale if you are a member of The National Cottage Garden Society.  Subscriptions are due on 1st October each year.  To apply for membership contact:  or  call Clive Lane, Administrator, on 01270 820940.Single membership £12, Joint £15.

 Names/addresses on their database and on our databaseare not released to other organisations or used for other mailings. Registered under Data Protection Act 1998 P0192037.

    It is much quicker (and cheaper!) to contact you by email. Please let Rosy Thacker have your email if you have one. If you change your postal address please make sure Rosy Thacker knows so that we can contact you.

The National Cottage Garden Society have voted at their AGM that members of regional groups should be full members of the National.


March 16th 2019

Mairi Longdon from Tissington Nursery is going to talk about ‘Late Season Perennials.’

Tissington is a family-run Plant  Nursery and Mairi grows a good selection of  unusual perennials many of which have been medal winning plants.





Welcome to another busy summer programme and a special welcome to all our new members.  We hope you’ll enjoy our summer events.

Many thanks to committee members and others who have helped to organise the summer gardens, the weekend away and the coach trip.  It’s only a few weeks to our Plant Sale so please do some potting on now to make sure we have quality plants for sale.


Saturday 13th April 2019


2.00pm. The Bassett Rooms, Church Street, Ashover, S45 0AB


The AGM will be followed by a Buffet but, as our venue cannot provide a buffet, we hope you will bring a dish to share as we have done before at our Autumn Bring and Share. Thank you in advance for your help.

Please bring seeds/clean pots if you have them for others to use.


Saturday May 11th

ANNUAL PLANT SALE at Arkwright’s Mill Cromford  DE4 3RQ  from 1.30pm

This is our most important fund raiser! We will be able to set up the sale on Friday 10th from 2.00pm and your help is needed!  Make sure that any plants you bring are all labelled and in good order. If you are bringing plants on Saturday morning, please do so before 11.00am. We can’t manage to sort plants after that time because we have so many of them!     We need as many helpers as possible. Limited car park passes.

Flyers are available to take away at our meetings so we can advertise as much as possible – we have competition from other groups on the same day!


SUMMER GARDEN VISITS – see  enclosed

As usual, we will be visiting a beautiful garden each month during the spring and summer. These visits are very well-supported and we look forward to seeing you there! The Society pays the cost per person for each garden we visit.

Many thanks to Lindsay Fox and Bridget Edwards for researching and arranging these visits.


Wednesday 5thth – 9th June 2019

RHS Show Chatsworth Park

Following our successes at both RHS Chatsworth Shows (Two Silver Medals!) some members are creating a stand for the National Cottage Garden Society in the Floral Marquee again this year. If you would like to be involved in the build, growing plants or helping on the stand please contact Lorraine Wolsey. You must be a National CGS member.       Please come and say hello if you’re there!


Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June 2019                 Contact the Secretary for Form/Maps


Members’ Weekend Away to Wells, Somerset  We will be visiting five gardens near the cathedral city of Wells. Application forms for accommodation for those who want it are available now. Please return the enclosed form to Maggie Killips if you intend going whether or not you want accommodation. Details and map directions will be sent to everyone who has decided to go.

An additional optional visit to Jekka McVicar’s Herb Farm and Nursery, Alveston, nr Bristol, is being arranged by Lindsay Fox on Friday 21st June. Please see enclosed flyer and contact her if you are interested. This is a special group visit as the Herb Farm is not usually open on Friday.


Saturday 20th July 2019

Coach Trip to Ness Gardens and Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery in Cheshire. Open to members and non-members. Please print the enclosed form and return to Shelagh Chard.      Closing date 31st May 2019.  (Contact Secretary if you need a form)


Please contact me if you have any questions about any of our events.


Best wishes and Happy Gardening

Lorraine Wolsey, Secretary

01629 823402    email:-


Please note this will no longer be the contact phone/ email after the AGM


With regret, I will be resigning as Secretary at the AGM in April although I will still be on the Committee. If you are interested in helping to manage the Society please contact our Chair, Shelagh Chard, through the above email.

There will be some printed copies of this newsletter and forms at the next meetings at the Bassett Rooms in February and in March


2019 Summer Garden Visits         (all start at 2pm unless otherwise stated)


Sat, 18th May      Herbert Lodge  Church Street,  Bonsall  DE4 2AE           Olivia Gerrish

2 miles – North West of Matlock  6 mins

Herbert Lodge was restored in the 1820’s in the Italianate style. There is a long deep tunnel inspired by Joseph Paxton, classical temples, fairy grottos and cascade, with greenhouse. Shrubs and trees with a variety of ornamental plants , tubs and roses, with planting throughout on different levels and interesting stonework

Home -made teas and cake available to purchase  Some parking up the drive and along the lane side

Nearby :   Hollies Farm Plant Centre an excellent nursery, is nearby.   Uppertown, Bonsall, Matlock.  DE4 2AW


Sat, 15th June   Smithy House - Mansfield Road, Heath, Chesterfield, Derbys. S44 5SB

(                       Christine & Michael Hasty

12 miles - NE of Matlock.  5m South East of Chesterfield and 1m from J29 M1)

Set among mature trees is a one acre cottage garden. A broad gravel path takes you past a formal herb garden, patio, koi pond and pergola, before sweeping lawns lead you through colour themed herbaceous borders past a large wildlife pond overlooked by a deck and summerhouse to a vegetable parterre.  Seating areas allow you to enjoy colourful containers, scented rose arbour and the sound of water.

Cream teas available to purchase       Plenty of roadside parking.


Sat 13th July  Westfield Road - 13 Westfield Road, Swadlincote, Derbys. DE11 0BG

(                                   Val & Dave Booth

35 miles – South of Matlock  (50 mins) 5m East of Burton-on-Trent, off A511.

A deceptive country-style garden in Swadlincote, a real gem. The garden is on 2 levels of approx ½ acre. Packed herbaceous borders designed for colour. Shrubs, baskets and tubs. Lots of roses. Greenhouses, raised-bed vegetable area, fruit trees and 2 ponds. Free range chicken area. Plenty of seating to relax and take in the wonderful planting from 2 passionate gardeners. (WC).

Home-made teas and cake available

Rosemary Thacker
United Kingdom


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