Visitors to Derby College’s Broomfield Hall on Sunday September 23 will have the chance to tour the Victorian gardens that inspired local volunteers to clinch a Silver medal at this summer RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.
The gardens, including the long border which created the blueprint for the award-winning show entry, will be open between 10am and 4pm as part of the National Garden Scheme Open Day. Entry is £3 for adults and free for under 16-year-olds.
Broomfield Hall’s plant centre will also be open to the public with seasonal plants available to buy and gardening advice from Horticulture staff and students.
Broomfield Hall Head Gardener Samantha Harvey said: “The long border exhibit at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show was created with the help of our 35 volunteers who are doing an incredible job to restore and maintain the historic gardens here.
“Our volunteers each have the unique opportunity to help curate and maintain certain areas of the gardens or take ownership of certain projects, our overall aim is to establish the gardens as a notable visitor attraction in the area by becoming an RHS partner garden.”
Head of Broomfield Hall Eileen Swan added: “Our Horticulture department has won several awards this year and this open day is a wonderful opportunity to see the fruits of their labour.
“The plant centre continues to be popular with the public so the day is also the opportunity to buy plants that students have cultivated to re-create beautiful displays back at home.”
The gardens at Broomfield Hall were created when the original hall was built in 1873 by industrialist Charles Schwind.
They still retain the Victorian layout and work is progressing to improve these further with several developments including contemporary herbaceous planting, a subtropical area, a winter garden and a new rose garden.
For more information, please visit https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/news-events/events/643-plant-fest-national-garden-open-day-sept.