Denzell Gardens have been awarded Green Flag status for a number of years and have also achieved 'Outstanding' in the Britain in Bloom awards. In the past they have hosted events such as the Dog Day, Book Festival and Poetry Picnic.
Today Denzell Gardens are a pleasant and well-maintained place to walk around, however, they fell into neglect between 1980 and the late 1990s. It wasn't until the formation of the Friends' Group that work began to restore Denzell Gardens and The Devisdale to their former glory. The work still continues today by a group of garden volunteers.
Make sure you explore all the different areas within Denzell Gardens. Use the image below to help you find them. (Click to enlarge).
The Lych Gate entrance is located at the end of Green Walk and leads onto a rockery area with ferns and wild flowers .As you approach the old tennis courts ahead of you you will see freshly planted borders with a mix of shrubs.
Initiated by committee members, the restored sunken garden garden was funded by a Lottery Fund Grant, with similar funding from the Friends of Denzell and The Devisdale's own funds. The task that lay ahead was daunting to say the least.
In the summer of 2009, the garden was opened following years of hard work led by committee members and garden designers Chris Baker and Shirley Fidler. The garden design is elegant and vibrant and boasts a wonderful collection of native and uncommon plant species that offer year round interest.
The Peace Garden sits between Denzell Gardens and The Devisdale, A Snowdrop colony was planted in 2010. Interestingly, everyone regards the Snowdrop as a native plant but this emblematic flower's native home is actually the mountains of central and southern Europe. Its delicate display of hardy beauty signifying to many the first signs of spring secured its appeal and its ultimate transportation to our shores several hundred years ago.
Further planting to complement the current backdrop of trees and bulbs has taken place on several occasions since; school children helped to plant thousands more Snowdrops, also Aconites, Narcissi and Cyclamen. The objective behind the scheme is to further encourage wildlife to the area and to offer an open space to the public where time can be spent enjoying a variety of plant species such as native Bluebells, Snakes Head Fritillaries, Daffodils and flowering trees.
The water in the pond is maintained by an underground system of pipes and reservoirs that collect all the storm water from the house and courtyard. Around the pond are a number of ornamental Cherries and a Lawson Cypress. Benches surrounding the ornamental pond make this an ideal place to sit and relax.
It is hoped one day funding will be available to completely restore the pond to its former glory.
The Victorian era saw a surge in plant hunting activity as botanical adventurers explored the world to find exotic plants to bring home, often at considerable personal risk. These plants usually ended up in botanical gardens or the private gardens of wealthy collectors.
At Denzell there are a number of significant trees, planted when the plant hunters were bringing back exciting samples from around the world, not necessarily rare but certainly more unusual specimens . It is the intention of the garden volunteer group to eventually get identification plaques put onto these trees. If anyone has a particular interest in this and would like to be involved, please contact the Garden volunteers group.
Some examples within Denzell gardens are: Holm Oak, American Lime, Katsura tree, Tulip tree, Strawberry tree, Snowdrop tree, Handkerchief tree, Golden Ash, Mongolian pine, Euchryphia, Red horse chestnut.
Here is a map showing the various trees you can find in Denzell Gardens.