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





Saturday 14th April 2018

ANNUAL  GENERAL MEETING   2.00pm. The Gothic Warehouse, Arkwright’s Mill, Cromford DE4 3RQ

The AGM will be followed by a Buffet, Raffle and, as usual, a Quiz.

Our venue cannot provide a buffet, so 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/pots if you have them for others to use.


Saturday May 12th ANNUAL PLANT SALE at Cromford Mill from 1.30pm

This is our most important fund raiser! We will be able to set up the sale on Friday 11th 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 11.00pm. 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!



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


Wednesday 6thth – 10th June 2018

RHS Show Chatsworth Park

Following our success at the first Chatsworth Show last year, 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. Please come and say hello if you’re there!


Saturday 23th – Sunday 24th June 2018

 Weekend Away to South Cumbria.( Members only) We will be visiting gardens, allotments, nurseries and Levens Hall, all near Grange–over-Sands. Application forms for accommodation for those who want it will be available as soon as possible. (Please contact the Secretary) Details and map directions will be sent to everyone who has decided to go.


Coach Trip Saturday 21rd July 2018 to Winterbourne House and Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham and John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries, Kingswinford. Form should be returned to Shelagh Chard please. Closing date 31st May 2018. (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:-


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.


Summer Garden Visits 2018 (Printed route directions from AA route finder are available on request)

07 April 2018    2.00pm  Chevin Brae, Milford, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 0QH    Dr David Moreton


Chevin Brae is in a southerly direction from Matlock and is approximately a 25/30 minute drive.

Directions - 1.5 miles south of Belper. Coming from the south on A6 turn left at Strutt Arms & continue up Chevin Rd. Park on Chevin Road. After 300 yds follow arrow to left up Morrells Lane. After 300 yds, Chevin Brae is on left with silver garage.

 A large garden where you can enjoy swathes of daffodils in the orchard and a spring feature.  Extensive wild flower planting along edge of wood features aconites, snowdrops, wood anemones, fritillaries and dog tooth violets.Other parts of garden will have hellebores and early camellias. Refreshments available


26 May 2018  1.45 for prompt start 2.00pm    Don Whitton


Firvale Allotment Garden – Meet at Winney Hill, Harthill, near Worksop, Yorkshire, S26 7YN

Winney Hill  is north East from Matlock and is approximately a 35/40 minute drive.

Directions - 12 miles south east of Sheffield, 6m west of Worksop. M1 J31 A57 to Worksop. Turn right to Harthill. Allotments at south end of village.  (Approx 15.00 hrs; Nursery & Refreshments - 26 Casson Drive (see below)

Large allotment containing 13 island beds displaying 500+ herbaceous perennials including the National Collection of hardy Euphorbias with around 100 varieties flowering between March and October. There are information and photographic displays as well propagation information relating to Euphorbias. The allotment also has an organic vegetable garden. Refreshments / WC and plant sales are at 26 Casson Drive - a small but delightful garden with herbaceous and mixed borders, a seaside garden and woodland and shade areas. Featured on BBC Gardeners' World in 1999 and 2012.  (Plant Nursery & Refreshments – available at 26 Casson Drive Harthill S26 7WA - at north end on Northlands Estate – 4 mins drive away)


30 June 2018  1.45pm for prompt start 2.00pm  Simon & Lucy Thompson

Culland Hall – Private Visit   Culland Lane, Brailsford, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.DE6 3BW

Directions - Culland Lane is in a SSW direction from Matlock and is approximately a 30/35 minute drive.

On the A52 (Main Road), travelling away from Brailsford.  After 0.5 miles, turn right onto Hall Lane, after 0.1 miles, turn slightly right, after 0.7 miles, slightly left and slight left again then find the Hall is the right.

 This enchanting garden, is set in over 4 acres, is divided into rooms, each favouring rare and specialist plants within the hot border, white garden, potager, 19C walled kitchen garden, Coloured borders and a woodland walk.  The owner will be on site to answer any questions on the day of our visit.  


14 July 2018 1.45pm for prompt start 2.00pm

Weleda (Shipley Gardens)  (25 places available – please book asap)   Claire Hattersley

(Park in Shipley Garden Centre - Hassock Lane North, Shipley.   DE75 7JB)

Shipley Gardens is in a south east direction from Matlock and is approximately a 35 minute drive.

Directions – Travelling eastwards away from Heanor Market Place, bear right onto the A6007 Ilkeston Road and travel  for about 1.3 miles to find the Gardens on the right.


The Weleda gardens are on a 13 acre site in Shipley and with 300 plants, feature herb gardens, meadows, field crops, a pond and woodland edges. The gardens are very varied and give the opportunity for lots of different content to be included in the tour; the philosophy and history of Rudolf Steiner and Weleda, medicinal herbs, a conservation approach to land management, biodynamic / organic gardening, the plant to product process, beekeeping, wildflower meadow management etc.  Facilities for visitors to the garden are currently very limited.  The Weleda garden is a working, production garden. The tracks and grass paths can be uneven in places and may get muddy and slippery in places after prolonged rain. It is advised that visitors are reasonably mobile and able to navigate uneven ground. There are occasional seats positioned along the tour route for your convenience. 


Weleda (Shipley Gardens)  Continued Toilet facilities are available at Shipley Garden Centre - the Weleda garden site only offers one compost toilet. Please come dressed appropriately – high heels or sandals are not suitable and if it’s been raining, wellies/walking boots are strongly recommended. Car parking is also fairly limited; there is space for a maximum of five cars, so car sharing is recommended. Shipley Garden Centre is a short walk away (across a busy main road - A6007) where, after the Garden Visit has finished, seating in the cafe area has been reserved for you to purchase and enjoy refreshments in their café.


11 August 2018 2.00pm 

2 Manvers Street, Ripley, Derbyshire.  DE5 3EQ  Mrs D Wood & Mr D Hawkins

Manvers Street is South east from Matlock and is approx. a 20/25 minute drive.

Directions - Ripley Town centre to Derby Road turn left opposite the Leisure Centre onto Heath Road. Turn first turn right onto Meadow Road, first left onto Manvers Street.

A beautiful summer garden with a backdrop of neighbouring trees, 10 borders bursting with colour surrounded by immaculate shaped lawn. Perennials including 26 clematis, annuals, baskets, tubs and pots. Ornamental fish pond. Water features, arbour and summerhouse. There are plenty of seating areas to take in this awe inspiring oasis. Refreshments available.


8 September 2018     2.00pm

Dam Stead, 3 Crowhole, Barlow, Dronfield, Derbyshire, S18 7TJ    Derek & Barbara Saveall

Barlow is almost due north from Matlock and is approx. a 25/30 minute drive.

Directions - If approaching from a Chesterfield direction B6051 to Barlow. Tickled Trout Pub on left, pass Springfield Road on left then turn right onto an unnamed road. Last cottage on right.  Limited parking near the entrance to the property, please park nearby and on main road if lane is congested.

An enchanting garden with interest for every season. The owners are keen to share their stories of how they have shaped the garden and we marvelled when we saw just what they have achieved in creating a beautiful haven suited for the whole family to enjoy.  Approx one acre with stream, weir, fragrant garden, rose tunnel, orchard garden and dam with an island. Long woodland path, alpine troughs, rockeries and mixed planting. A natural wildlife garden large summerhouse with seating inside and out.  Limited Parking near entrance to property – please park nearby on main road if lane is access is congested. Light refreshments available – Tea / coffee.  Cakes individually priced.

If interested, please register and indicate your intention if attending the Weleda and / or Culland Hall meeting   Please register no later than 4 weeks before the visit date  0114 289 1736 /  (If Answer Machine, please leave a contact number & we will call you back)

We are already considering gardens and ideas for the 2019 Summer Gardens Visit Programme and would welcome suggestions and ideas from the group for next year.  If you are willing to host a Summer Garden Monthly meeting in the future, please contact either Bridget or Lindsay.


 R.H.S. Chatsworth 2018

Gaining a SILVER medal at this year's show.
The cottage Garden Society was well represented.



Rosemary Thacker
United Kingdom


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