The Garden Landscape Guide

The Burrows Gardens

The Burrows Gardens have been developed by Craig Dalton since 1985, with input from Julian Dowle. There is an Italian garden, bog garden and white garden.

Head Gardener's Comment

A fabulous 5 acre garden set in delightful Derbyshire countryside. Immaculate lawns set off a variety of 'rooms' in the garden including Roman, Italian, Cornish and of course English garden themes. There are many rare plants to be found. There is certainly something for everyone, and we welcome meeting visitors to chat about anything to do with gardening.


The garden has been open to the public since 2006. There are many very mature trees and shrubs that combine beautifully with some more recent plantings.

Plants of note

Numerous! An all white garden; an entire bank of blue hyrangeas, the wollemi pine tree plus many more. Plants are also for sale.

Burrows Farm House, Burrows Lane, Brailsford, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, DE6 3BU

From early April to end September. Every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. Open 10:30am to 4:30pm. Also open some Mondays - check website for details. We are also open by appointment both for individuals and groups. Please telephone to confirm. This includes last minute enquiries. Lunches/suppers for groups may be pre-booked.

Adult £4.00, Child Free

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  • almost 3 years by Paul and Charlie 5 / 5

    Absolutely fantastic. We are coming back next week to show our friends. Thank you Burrows!
  • over 3 years by Carol and Andrew Forbes 5 / 5

    This is some garden. Deserves to be far better known. We were made so welcome as we visited today. The place is immaculately kept and has a real personality. We have come away feeling inspired and fulfilled. So much to see. Vistas everywhere. Think the RHS could learn a lot here!
  • almost 4 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Lovely lovely lovely. Thank you Burrows Gardens for a wonderful way to spend my birthday. A magical place to visit and so much to see.
  • almost 4 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    With a friend I revisited this garden on a sunny day this week and found it just as interesting as on a previous visit 2 years ago, but earlier in the season.
    So much to see again, and very helpful advice from the owner and his wife.
    I loved the unusal coffee and deep red lilies, and the range of hydrangea.
    This garden should be added to the itinerary of anyone visiting Kedleston Hall who has an interest in gardens. It makes a relaxing contrast and has a wonderful range of colour.
  • almost 4 years by Corinne 5 / 5

    I returned to this garden for the second time today. It is a beautiful, informal garden which demonstrates the owners' passion and hard work. The garden is very well kept, not a weed in sight and many plants are labelled so one is able to identify favourites for sourcing later. The owners are charming and helpful, always willing to chat and share gardening tips and advice. There is no pretentiousness about this garden, it is just a lovely space with delightful planting and colour schemes reflecting both traditional and contempory tastes. Highly recommended.
  • almost 4 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Absolutely fantastic! So much to see. Could have spent the whole day there. Wonderful.
  • almost 4 years by Anne and Steven Sands 5 / 5

    Terrific! We loved it too. Definitely recommend a visit. Delicious homemade cake too!
  • almost 4 years by Mrs Susan Shaw 5 / 5

    Lovely garden. Incredibly well looked after. Well worth a visit.
  • almost 4 years by Deborah and David 5 / 5

    What a find. We too visited yesterday and absolutely loved it. There is so much to see-hundreds of plants, lots of interesting features and really good access as my husband struggles to walk any distance. Although a large garden (5 acres I think the delightful owner told us) there are lots of benches to take it all in. Just feel so sad that like the person below, someone has to comment maliciously and can only think that it is either envy or complete ignorance. Failing that then she MUST be talking about a different place. We will go back and would strongly recommend it to friends and family.
  • almost 4 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this garden. It is beautifully designed and displayed. Being a garden designer myself, I was so impressed with the lay-out and vision of the owner. The vistas at every turn are so thoughtfully planned. Visiting only today, I can only think that Ms Temple was looking at a different garden.
  • almost 4 years by Gillian Temple MSGD MIHort 2 / 5

    The garden is well-maintained (despite the dreadful summer weather) and has some interesting plants. The owner is charming, supplying us with umbrellas for our visit. However, as a professional landscape designer I found this garden poorly planned and built. There are far too many contrasting artefacts in the garden; lead ornaments, gilded ironwork and reproduction stone statuary, all of different styles and colours, are jumbled together, making the garden appear like a trade stand at a garden show. The levels and view points are often awry and out of line and the proportions of structures and plants are out of scale with each other. There are some nice plants, but the combinations were sometimes a little gaudy, the owner did not know the name of any of the varieties we enquired about, and several of the plants in the small collection for sale were inaccurately labelled. Whilst I feel churlish writing this, as it is obviously a well-loved garden, with a lot of work put into it, it is not one I would recommend to designers. I don't feel this is a garden worth making a detour for.
  • over 6 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    An incredible garden. The ambience is wonderful.
  • over 6 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    A hidden treaure. What a wonderful place and the best garden I have visited in Derbyshire by a consdierable margin. Beautifully manicured and so well thought out. It deserves to be better known.

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