Dunge Valley Gardens
Dunge Valley Hidden Gardens, pronounced as Dungeon, are situated close to Whaley Bridge, in the beautiful Peak District National Park.
Likened to a mini Bodnant, the gardens lie at around 1, 000 feet above sea level and cover 8 acres. They are privately owned by David and Elizabeth Ketley and are open to the public. The Ketley's have lived at Dunge Valley since 1976, and started planting the gardens in 1982.
Set in a natural Peak District ravine, with a stream running through, the valley floor and sides are attractively planted with a wide range of rhododendrons and a variety of other woodland plants and bulbs.
The gardens and Hardy Plant Nursery at Dunge Valley feature an outstanding collection of over 550 species of Rhododendrons, along with Azaleas, Acers, and Magnolias, the blue poppy - Meconopsis Sheldonii, as well as a wide variety of unusual Perennials, Trees and Shrubs. The garden features streams, waterfalls, ponds, bridges and bog gardens in a superb setting.
Outstanding views over the scenic Pennine hills.
Dunge Valley Gardens is open from March through until August, only the garden round the farmhouse is suitable for the disabled. Plant sales.