What's in bloom?
Calke Abbey gardens are alive with summer colour.
Pelargoniums make a vibrant display in the auricula theatre and the flower borders are busy with blooms.
Wander into the physic garden and relax on a deck chair surrounded by the sights and scents of summer fruits and herbs.
At Calke we are able to harvest rainwater thanks to our underground water tanks.
Previously wasted rainwater is collected by using the drains from the roofs of garden buildings such as the orangery and connecting these to huge water tanks which are buried under the grass by the garden backsheds.
We've managed to really reduce our mains water consumption through this green initiative. What’s more, these tanks are made from 100% recycled plastic and have a capacity of 9, 600 litres.
Best bits of the flower garden
See a beautiful display in the country's only surviving auricula theatre in April and May.
Although unoccupied now, the aviary was home to a flock of doves in the 1930s.
These palms dominate the geometric flower beds and add an exotic flair to the garden.
Once housing heat-loving tropical plants, it now displays ferns that can handle the cold.
- The gardeners' tunnel
- Garden tours and trails
- The gardeners' bothy
- Calke's bees