Traditional front garden with lawn and mixed summer borders in gentle valley overlooking Black Rocks. To the side a courtyard garden where acid loving plants are grown in pots and, in the fernery, tender ferns. Beyond is the orchard, fruit garden, vegetable patch and greenhouse, the home of honey bees, doves and hens.
Spectacular Rambling Rector rose over front of house in late June early July. Cakes, tea and coffee and cold drinks served in the garden or in fernery if wet (limited space).
Saturday 24 February, Sunday 25 February (12 - 4pm). Light refreshments.
Saturday 7 July, Sunday 8 July (11am - 5pm). Home-made teas.
Admission £3.50, children free.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement March to September. Admission £3.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Path through Churchyard ends in some steps leading onto the lane and into the garden gate. Once in the garden much can be seen from the terrace.
How to find us
The Old Vicarage, The Fields, Middleton by Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4NH
Garden located behind church on Main St & nr school. Travelling N on A6 from Derby turn L at Cromford, at top of hill turn R onto Porter Lane, at traffic lights, turn R onto Main St. Park in Village Hall. Walk through churchyard. No parking at house.
More about The Old Vicarage
Mixed borders include interest from early summer to autumn with some unusual plants and plant combinations. Spring border under huge lime tree with snowdrops, pulmonaria, hellebores and ferns. Banks planted for autumn colour.
Courtyard garden spectacular in spring with rhododendrons and tulips in large pots, and lilies, bamboo and hostas in summer. To one side of the courtyard is the fernery where exotic plants and tender ferns are grown. Kitchen garden with soft fruit, orchard, vegetable garden and greenhouse. Various creatures live in the kitchen garden, a flock of white doves, three hens and a hive or two of honey bees.
Tea can be taken on the front terrace, the courtyard or fernery if the weather is inclement.