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

    The New Season

    We reopened on 1st March, and the good weather means plenty of buds and blooms are appearing. Why not treat yourself to a season ticket, so you can visit us as many times as you like during the coming months, and see the different rhododendron and azalea flowers as they come through?
    The cyclists among our customers will be pleased to know that we have installed a bike rack next to the entrance.

    Next Event

    Our events programme for 2015 is under consideration, and will of course include the annual Music Day in June. 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