About Us

The nursery specialises in rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmias that will happily grow outdoors in Derbyshire at an altitude of 700 feet. This ensures hardiness for most garden situations.

We have specimen plants of many varieties and sizes available for sale at very reasonable prices. A full list of plants can be found on the Plant Sales page.

Whilst at the Gardens, be sure to visit the Teashop with its varied menu of light lunches and a delicious selection of home baked cakes, accompanied by tea, coffee or cold drinks. Ice creams are also available.

Information on the background of Lea Gardens, from its founding in 1935 by John Marsden-Smedley to the present day, may be found on our History page.

The Gardens have been owned by the Tye family since 1960. The present owners are Jon and Jenny Tye and their son Peter, pictured below:

Jon, Jenny and Peter Tye, owners of Lea Gardens

Reviews of Lea Gardens

You can read our reviews on TripAdvisor, where we are ranked as the top visitor attraction in the Matlock area.
We received a very favourable mention in a Financial Times article “Rhodos Rule”, dated 10th May 2013. Click here to read the full article.
We also featured in the May 2013 issue of Derbyshire Life magazine, in an article entitled “A Kaleidoscope of Colour at Lea Gardens”.

How to find us

The Gardens are situated on Long Lane in Lea, a village three miles south of Matlock, and within easy reach of the M1 or the A6. Local signposts will lead you to Lea, and brown and white tourist signs will take you to Lea Gardens. Alternatively we can be reached from the other end of Long Lane, via Upper Holloway. Our postcode is DE4 5NX.