Since 2019, the National Trust has begun a restoration project using old plans and plant lists. The new beds have been sown with a mix of wildflower seeds including larkspur, delphinium ajacis and black-eyed Susan. The last bed to be planted is part of a longer-term project. With shrubs and other plants that would have been used in 18th century, it will take time to mature.
Beautiful bluebells in the woodland in Spring.
There are several 18th century garden buildings including the Orangery and a monument to the poet, Michael Drayton.
Kedleston is managed by the National Trust.
National Trust members visit for free.
The Curzon family have been at Kedleston since the 12th century.
In 1758, Sir Nathaniel Curzon commissioned Matthew Brettingham to design a new house on the site of an earlier building. Brettingham was replaced by James Paine who was superseded a year later by Robert Adam. Adam worked on both the interior and exterior of the Hall. The large central block was designed as a place to entertain guests and to display the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture. The family lived in one of the wings – and still do today. Adam also updated the gardens which had been laid out by Charles Bridgeman in 1720s.
Proposals by Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1916 were not implemented. Further alterations were made in the 1920s – and again today by the National Trust.