Spring gardens at Calke Abbey

Daffodils on the auricula theatre at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Spring is a wonderful time to get outdoors and closer to nature. As Calke’s gardens start to bloom, take a peaceful wander around the walled kitchen garden and see the gardeners at work. The gardens are open every day from 10am to 5pm.

Spring colours start to bloom

As the snowdrops begin to fade, spring colours start to pop up around the gardens at Calke. Look out for the early crocus, delightful daffodils and grape hyacinth.

Inside the Peach Houses, the peaches and nectarines are starting to bloom. Why not take a peaceful stroll through the glass houses to soak up some spring sunshine? Wander through the orchard and spot the shy, drooping snakes-head fritillaries under the blossoming apples.

Spring is a wonderful time of year to see the gardeners at work. They'll be happy to talk to you about the work they're doing to protect Calke's stunning gardens.

Spring flowers at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Spring flowers at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Spring flowers at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Inside the Walled Garden

As the weather warms through April, don’t miss the medley of colour in the Walled Gardens, where the borders will be bursting with tulips, wallflowers and forget-me-nots.

The Orangery is a wonderful place to relax in spring. As you enter the Walled Garden, you'll discover this stunning glass house in the meadow.

The Orangery at Calke Abbey
Calke Abbey, Midlands, Orangery and Kitchen Garden in summer
The Orangery at Calke Abbey

Dating back to 1777, the Orangery is one of the oldest surviving garden buildings, and was in a dilapidated state when we began caring for Calke in 1985. The glass dome, added in 1936, needed extensive repairs and we completed vital restoration work in 2003. Flaking paintwork and cracked plaster was left as it was found to reflect the general state of decay that the orangery was found in – much like the rest of Calke.

The Orangery is now home to some slightly tender plants, predominantly from a Mediterranean climate, which need a bit of protection from the Derbyshire winters! We've set up some deck chairs inside so you can soak up the spring sunshine whilst looking out over the pretty Walled Garden.

The auricula theatre at Calke

One of the hightlights in Calke’s fascinating gardens is the rare, surviving auricula theatre. In April, the theatre will be adorned with stunning auriculas – a must-see this season. 

Pop into the Flower Garden to discover the auricula theatre, and ask one of our garden guides about the history of this fascinating feature at Calke Abbey.

The auriculas are on display at Calke Abbey
A display of auriculas on the auricula theatre at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
The auriculas are on display at Calke Abbey