Hydrangea Derby, a volunteer group, was set up to rescue a National Collection of Hydrangeas started by the Parks Department in 1984. Since 2010 we have tended the plants and garden, and opened the gates of the secret walled garden every year for ALL to see (for free) from July to November. We volunteers want to do it again for another year!
Follow the hidden track from the Terrace Cafe in Darley Park, Derby and you'll be led to the 800+ hydrangeas that make up the collection. They've taken over the old kitchen and walled gardens of the 18C mill owners, the Evans family. The collection includes 108 of the 120 known Hydrangea paniculata, the most complete collection of this species in the world. Hydrangeas are tradionally those lovely blooms that can be pink or blue, mopheads or lacecaps and that your grandparents used to grow. Now, however, they can be climbers, have cone-shaped flower heads, oak shaped and deep red leaves, grow to 80ft or 2ft, flower in white, cream and green and keep on flowering from July to November every year. We have examples of most of them. To keep the collection going we need funds to buy new plants, propagation materials, tools, soil improvers, plant supports, labelling equipment, the website hosting, Plant Heritage membership, leaflet printing, poster making, administration costs and hosting the annual open day,