Calke's gardens in bloom

Sweet pea tunnel in the Physic Garden at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Spend your summer days wandering through Calke's enchanting gardens. Relax in the garden deckchairs, buy some home-grown produce and watch the gardeners at work as they make Calke's gardens grow. The gardens are open every day from 10am to 5pm.

Bright highlights in the gardens

The summer bedding brings lots of bright colour to the Flower Garden and the theatre puts on its summer show of historic cultivars of pelargoniums – don't miss this popular display. The borders are a riot of roses, geraniums and peonies, with aconites and delphiniums adding some height to the borders in early summer.

The summer bedding includes a wonderful double dahlia bed in the Central Yard, containing a variety of dahlias. They'll look their best during August and September.

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, when the beds are filled up with a crop of vegetables, soft fruit, cut flowers and herbs.

A fragrant sweet pea tunnel runs through the vegetable beds, complete with windows so you can peer through the sweet peas to see the growing produce and scarecrows. Take a stroll through the tunnel to catch some of the gorgeous sweetpea aromas.

Fruit and veg from Calke's gardens can be purchased from a stall in the back shed. All money raised goes towards keeping Calke's garden growing, which means you're helping to keep Calke Abbey's history alive.

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 meadow inside the Walled Garden, where you’ll also find Calke’s Georgian Orangery in all its abandoned glory. Bask in the warmth among tender plantings, and take in the sights and sounds from the walled meadow.

Wander through to the Peach House to see where we're growing our delicious peaches and nectarines.The annual borders will bursting with flowers from July, 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.