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Revealing beauty in every season

Welcome to Hardwick gardens

Although little remains of Bess's original gardens, they're still spectacular. Laid out in Elizabethan fashion, four rectangular courtyards each contain their own unique gardens, surrounded by high sandstone walls. Enjoy exploring the twists and turns of the gardens and discovering hidden corners. Today, Hardwick is home to one of the finest herb gardens in the country, along with fabulous summer borders, orchards, lawns and formal hedges. The garden is cared for and managed by a team of four gardeners, with the help of a trusty team of volunteers.

Exploring the garden

Each courtyard garden at Hardwick is unique. Find out more about their individual past, present and future.

Hidden garden gems

There are plenty of quirky features hidden throughout Hardwick's Gardens each with their own wonderful story.

Talks and tours

Our gardeners are keen to share knowledge. We've many garden events from talks and tours to propagation and fruit-pruning workshops.