Calke's gardens in full bloom

summer gardens in bloom, Calke Abbey, Midlands

Summer is well and truly on the way, and what better way to spend a summer's day than wandering through Calke’s enchanting gardens?

The Flower Garden

Our dedicated gardeners have been busy planting the summer bedding, which is sure to be a highlight in the Flower Garden for the sunny season. The theatre puts on its summer show of historic cultivars of pelargoniums, while the borders are a riot of roses, geraniums and peonies, with aconites and delphiniums adding some height to the borders.

The border in Calke Abbey's Flower Garden
The Flower Garden at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
The border in Calke Abbey's Flower Garden

The Physic Garden

Calke’s Physic Garden is very productive during the summer months, and the beds will soon be filled up with a crop of vegetables, soft fruit, cut flowers and herbs.

New this summer is a sweet pea tunnel through the vegetable beds, complete with windows so you can peer through the sweet pea to see the growing produce.

Fruit and veg from Calke's gardens are used in the restaurant, and you'll also find some for sale at our stall in the back sheds. There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh produce in the summer! 

Relaxing in Calke's deck chairs
Deck chairs in Calke garden, Calke Abbey, National Trust, Midlands
Relaxing in Calke's deck chairs

The Walled Kitchen Garden

Don’t forget to visit the peaceful meadow inside the Walled Garden, where you’ll also find Calke’s rustic Orangery in all its abandoned glory. Wander through to the Peach House to see where we're growing our delicious peaches. In July, the annual borders will start to burst with wildflowers, a real highlight in the summer.

Our gardeners will always be on hand for a chat, whether you want to know more about Calke’s plants and flowers or you need some tips for your own summer garden.