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New winter garden unveiled at Broomfield Hall


Broomfield Hall – Derby College’s land-based and leisure college in Morley – is opening its grounds to the public on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March.

The event will showcase the hall’s newly-developed winter garden between 10am and 2pm, with free guided garden tours and mini talks about the project.

There will also be art, craft and gift stalls, plant sales, hot drinks and food.

The gardens at Broomfield Hall were created in the 1880s by Victorian garden designer William Barron, who is also known for designing the gardens of Elvaston Castle.

They still retain the Victorian layout and the winter garden is the latest long-term project being spearheaded by the garden volunteers and supported by horticulture students.

The programme is being led by Broomfield Hall head gardener Samantha Harvey, who is a former student at Derby College.

Samantha went on to train at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, before spending seven years managing a large private garden in Warwickshire and then returning to Broomfield Hall five years ago.

Samantha explained: “The winter garden features a host of eye-catching seasonal plants which are at their best in the colder months of the year producing beautiful foliage, flowers and scent to brighten up even the dullest of winter days.

“We are very excited about opening the winter garden to the public and showcasing the amazing hard work of everyone involved – particularly our wonderful group of volunteers.

“The open weekend is to showcase three years of planning and hard work.

“There is still plenty to do so I hope that this inspires even more keen amateur gardeners to join us for the next stage.”

Entry to the open garden weekend costs £2 for adults and is free of charge for under 16s. For more information about the event, please visit the Derby College website.

If you’re interested in volunteering opportunities at Broomfield Hall, please email Samantha Harvey.


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