Secret garden treat at Derbyshire hall

KEEN gardeners will be able to get tips on how to get their garden in shape during an exclusive after-hours tour of Hardwick Hall’s grounds on Tuesday, July 12.

The National Trust property near Chesterfield will be open for a special fund-raising evening in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme.

Enthusiasts will be given an insight into life behind the scenes and hear all about the three-year career journey of Hardwick’s Tim Turner, who has gone from trainee to fully fledged gardener.

The evening will begin at 6pm with a talk in the hall’s grand entrance before a tour of the 18-acre gardens led by Hardwick’s outdoor manager, Ian Hunt. As well as talking about the history and development of the garden, Ian will talk future plans for the gardens.

Ian said: “This is a great opportunity for gardeners to learn about the history of the garden, the secrets of successful plant propagation and hear about the National Gardens Scheme and the National Trust careership programme. Our team will be on hand to answer any garden questions.”

Plants grown in the Hardwick gardens will also be available to buy during the evening. All proceeds from the evening will go to the National Gardens Scheme, which part funds careership posts at Hardwick Hall.

The event takes place between 6pm and 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and booking is essential. Tickets are available by calling Hardwick Hall on 01246 858400.

The evening is just part of a series of bookable garden events throughout the year. The next event will be a masterclass in the art of propagation on Tuesday, September 27, between 10am and 4pm. Tickets, costing £40, cover the entire day’s activities and include a two course lunch in the restaurant. Visitors get the chance to share tips and skills and take cuttings home.