Discover a fascinating garden to visit in Derbyshire

 

Cascades Gardens  is a beautiful and interesting garden to visit in Derbyshire, in the historic village of Bonsall near Matlock.

Ideal for garden enthusiasts, plantsmen and for those who just want to relax in the beautiful natural surroundings and visit a garden in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Come and explore this fascinating garden which originates from the 18th century and surrounds the ruins of a corn mill, with pond and mill race, canal and an old lead mine. Cascades gardens is set on many levels with a new “garden room” around every corner-prennial flower beds, roses, waterside planting and alpine and conifer rockeries. There is a great view from the cliff top path. Every season brings new surprises with hosts of snowdrops, hellebores, hostas, daffodils, unusual perennial flowers, shrubs, trees and conifers.

The informal gardens have been designed to blend in with the spectacular natural landscape of rocks, cliffs and woodland.The Bonsall brook runs through the garden and flows over the ruined corn mill and many waterfalls which gives the house it’s name. In the winter the wate can be a torrent and in the summer a gentle trickle.

A wide range of plants in the garden are available for sale in the nursery.

Plants for Sale this Spring

Hellebores Gallery 8

Helibores now available from our nursery

Garden Opening Times

Garden open everyday from 1st April to 30th September 2015, 10am until 5:30pm –

The garden can be viewed by arrangement any time throughout the year.

Adults: £5.00 / Season Tickets: £12.00
Children (under 12): Free

Dogs on a lead are welcome.

  • Cascades Gardens inspired by Japanese Gardens

    In the Summer of 1996 in the same year that I bought The Cascades, I visited Kyoto, Japan. I wanted to re-visit one of the most famous and inspiring gardens The Daisen In, at DETORI Monastery. I arranged to sit with the Abbot at 8.30am to have a tea ceremony and discussion with him on the meditation platform beside the garden. I admired the miniature garden of rocks, raked gravel and miniature trees representing a mountain valley and river going under a stone bridge and was inspired. I was fascinated and my spirit uplifted by the peaceful representation of a mountain valley. The aim of a Japanese garden is typically to create a representation of nature in which human involvement is concealed and the garden at Daisen In was a superb example. Cascades Gardens already has a beautiful natural setting of cliffs, stream, waterfalls and woodland. We don’t have to invent nature but try to manage and enhance it. The garden is designed to blend into the natural landscape. An extensive rockery with a collection of over 80 dwarf conifers. Alpine plants that cascade over the old 18th century stone walls and base of the 80ft cliff. A wide range of shade-loving ferns and plants, and stumpery in the woodland. Double Hellebores and Hostas that love the moist lime soil and semi-shade An extensive 50 metre perennial border alongside the canal.     At every turn of the 4 four acres there are seats to enjoy each “garden room”. Places to […]

Garden Opening Times

Open everyday from 1st April to 30th September 2015, 11am until 5:30pm.

The garden can be viewed by arrangement any time throughout the year.

Adults: £5.00 / Season Tickets: £12.00
Children (under 12): Free

Dogs on a lead are welcome.