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DLH Open Gardens 2020

Local Gardens have been made available by their owners for pre-arranged visits.

 It is vital that we follow guidelines so that we can enjoys these opportunities safely. Please read our Guidelines and then proceed to book and enjoy your visits.

Our Guidelines

1. Introduction


The following notes explain the arrangements for opening our gardens to members. It is very important that we follow the current Government guidelines at all times.


The relevant permission for this activity is that we can now:-

  • spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines.

Details of the gardens which are open to members of the Society are listed below. We hope to be adding more gardens to the list. These guidelines and the lists may be updated from time to time. Please check on updates of this page for the latest guidance and details for each garden.


2. Organisation


Gardens can be opened on fixed dates or on an "any day" basis during the period 15 June to 10 August. In both cases prior booking with the garden owner is essential to ensure compliance with the Guidelines. Please check the availability of visits to Lea Hurst on the sub tab of this DLH Open Garden page.

(The "any day" basis enables more flexibility to suit weather conditions etc. Please contact the owner to check if the garden is open for your planned visit. The owner does not guarantee availability on your selected day but alternative dates and times will be offered.)

No special measures to disinfect surfaces within the garden will be taken by the owners but you may wish to take your own hand sanitiser,  gloves etc as you think fit.

Donations and refreshments are at the discretion of the garden owners.

Toilets will not be available at most locations.

The following Details of Open Gardens advise the arrangements for booking each garden.

Please contact Chris Saunders on 01629 820048 or Richard Hibberd at or 07814934118 for further information /changes you wish to make to your garden opening times etc

Details of DLHSS Open Gardens 2020 - more open gardens may be added in due course.

LEA HURST - Peter Kay. If there are people still wishing to visit wonderful this garden please let Cathy or Richard know. We are hoping that, if there is sufficient demand, Peter will allow us to visit on an additional day at the beginning of August.

This is the garden that Florence Nightingale will have enjoyed so we are particularly fortunate to be able to visit Lea Hurst gardens in Holloway during the bicentennial year of her birth. The following article from the Derbyshire Life gives more details.

Please make a donation to Peter's charity towards the purchase of a school bus for Lea Primary School before you leave. Thank you.

For further details and to book a visit contact Richard Hibberd at or phone for last minute bookings on 07814 934 118. The sub-tab to this page shows the latest bookings for this garden.

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JANE VIRDEN  welcomes visitors on the afternoons of 12th and 19th August. Half an acre on a steep slope with a vegetable patch, greenhouse, fruit trees, & superb views from the top. The front garden is on a gentle slope & planted with perennials & shrubs. Please phone Jane on  01629 530933 

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CHRIS AND RICHARD HIBBERD are opening their garden on "any day". Select your date and time (for when the weather is looking good) and then just drop an email to or phone for last minute bookings on 01629 534656 or 07814 934 118. The garden is quite small but is "packed with stuff". We also have dogs, fish, bantams and ducklings for those with less well developed botanical minds. BANTAM CHICKS HATCHED 26 JUNE. Dogs on leads welcome. Donations to help the purchase of the Lea School bus.


Our garden is at Cowgate House (behind Cowgate Cottage) on Lea Road between Lea and Lea Bridge. DE4 5JL. Parking is best on the road but limited parking on the drive is available.

 JANE AND TED WARD have kindly agreed to open their garden to Members only on "any day" in the period 5th to 19th July inclusive between 1pm and 5 pm. The garden is at The Rise (at the Florence Nightingale Hall end of Church Street in Holloway.The postcode is DE4 5AY. Take a look at Jane's photos on the Gorgeous Gardens tab on this website.

Please book a date and time using the contact details below.

Jane Ward, 01629 534798,or

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JANET MORRISON'S garden in Wirksworth was opened for members on Saturday 20th June. Members were delighted by this small but perfectly designed and maintained garden. A total of £55 was raised for the Jigsaw Food Bank.

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