Biddulph Grange

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Last week we finally went to Biddulph Grange, a garden I was looking forward to visiting before coming to England.  Under management of the National Trust, this Victorian Garden (19th Century) is known for it’s dramatic interpretations of areas around the world. The garden was designed and owned by James Bateman, a passionate gardener who served on the Royal Horticultural Society’s Plant Exploration Committee. Many of the plants found in Biddulph Grange are exotic plants which would be considered rare during the Victorian period, such as Hostas, Japanese Acuba, and Japanese Maple.

You enter a Dutch style cottage...

You enter a cottage…

To emerge out of "Egypt".

To emerge out of “Egypt”, where grass can grow and the pyramids are yew topiary.

What’s wonderful about Biddulph Grange is that each part of the garden is hidden by yew hedges or dense plantings, which allows each area to be a true surprise when you exit one of the tunnels that serves as a transition for each area.

The Chinese Garden

The Chinese Garden.

Mature Arucaria arucarna (Monkey Puzzle)  in the arboretum.

Mature Arucaria arucarna (Monkey Puzzle) in the arboretum.

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It’s almost as if I was in Italy.

 

4 comments

    • Nicholas Giaquinto

      Hello Dr. Brown!
      Next week is a four day gardens tour around the Yorkshire area. Very exciting! I still need to also go up to Scotland and see Endinburgh.

  1. I watched a programme on Biddulph Grange (part of the British Gardens in Time series) it has such a fascinating history. It looks like an amazing place, I’m even more inspired to visit after reading your post 🙂

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