Lea Rhododendron Gardens, Derbyshire
It is the beginning of May and Spring has picked up the pace and colour is now bursting everywhere. So it was time for our annual ‘pilgrimage’ to the Victorian styled Lea Rhododendron Gardens…and as always a real treat. I do need to be honest and say that perhaps this season we have arrived when the garden is just past its pristine best. Spring once started has bloomed at a great speed…..then we have just has some sharp frosts and high winds straight from the Artic and that effected some of the buds.
Not that we were really disappointed as there was still plenty of colour blooms, spritely green new foliage, shady woodland glades and of course great Derbyshire landscape views.
So join us on a trip round the winding trails that help make this garden special…
Thankfully there are many well placed benches…just to pause and gaze
Lea Gardens are situated just south of Matlock and Cromford, Derbyshire. The area was once the heart of the Industrial Revolution. The area then attracted many industrial entrepreneurs and it was one John Marsden-Smedley that created these gardens in an old Gritstone quarry….created for his pleasure but a lasting legacy for all to enjoy.
(C) David Oakes 2017