Welcome to Lea Gardens

Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea, close to Matlock in Derbyshire. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres, and is situated within a woodland area, with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants.

The Garden is open to the public for viewing and plant sales, and we also have a very popular Teashop. Parking is free, and well-behaved dogs (on a lead) are welcome in the Garden.

We are very close to Lea Bridge and Cromford, which are part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

  • Who We Are

    A Rhododendron Garden near Lea, a beautiful village in the heart of Derbyshire.
  • What We Do

    Our gardens have hundreds of rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias and many other plants and shrubs for you to enjoy. We sell rhododendrons and other plants, and we also have an excellent Teashop; for you to enjoy as part of your visit.
  • How We Do It

    We propagate and grow our own plants, and sell them across the country.
  • Learn More

    If you would like to learn more about us, then please browse the site or contact us using the link below.

    Contact Us

A Hidden Treasure!

We had a wonderful afternoon at Lea Gardens. The rhododendrons are something to behold, and the food in the Teashop was delicious! We couldn't believe that Lea Gardens had been on our doorstep all this time and we'd never visited before.

We shall definitely be coming back soon.

  • News and Events

    2015 Season

    For this year we will remain open until Sunday 27th September.

    Goodbye Sarah, Hello Boo

    On Friday 24th July we said a huge thank you and a fond farewell to Sarah Beet, who has run our Teashop for the last six years. Sarah has done a fantastic job in the time she’s been with us, and has made many friends among our customers. She has decided that the time has come to move onto pastures new and a fresh challenge. We’re sure that, like us, all customers who know Sarah will wish her the very best of luck for the future. We hope she’ll come back to visit us, and enjoy the view from the other side of the counter! All is not lost, however. Long term customers will know Becky (aka Boo), who worked alongside Sarah for several years. Boo has now taken over the running of the Teashop, which will remain open until 27th September. We know Boo will maintain Sarah’s high standards, as well as putting her own personality into the Teashop (and the cakes!).

    September Update

    There are no rhododendrons in bloom at this time of year. However, the Gardens are still a wonderful place to take a peaceful stroll, and so will remain open until 27th September, as will the Teashop. There is no charge for admission, although a donation box is provided should you wish to make a contribution towards the cost of maintaining the Gardens

    Next Event

    See the Events page for details of future happenings as they become available.


    As part of your visit, be sure to enjoy the delights of our Teashop, which serves tea, coffee, cold drinks and light lunches as well as delicious home-made cakes. The tables on the Terrace offer stunning views of the Gardens. For more details, see our Teashop page.

    For a full listing of events in the Gardens and Teashop please see our separate Events page

  • Recent video

    Have a look at this video of our garden, kindly taken and made available by one of our visitors.
  • Panoramic Views

    You may also like to see some superb 360 degreee panoramic views of the Gardens, taken and made available to us by local photographer Rod Kirkpatrick of F Stop Press. Just click on 360 Views to visit the Derby Telegraph webpage where these views have been published. Then follow the link to each of the three views, and use your pointing device to pan both horizontally and vertically.
  • History of the Gardens on Video

    There is a video on Youtube which describes the history of Lea Gardens since they were established in 1935. This was produced and narrated by Eileen Cooke, with additional narration by Jon Tye. Please click on the link to view it: Youtube Video