The best reasons to visit Biddulph Grange Gardens in Staffordshire
Biddulph Grange Gardens in Staffordshire is well worth a visit for all garden lovers. Its Chinese garden, dahlia walk and Egyptian garden make visiting a true sensory feast. So it’s a real treat for an alternative day out.
It’s also only 40 minutes away by car from our guesthouse in Buxton.
What is the China Garden like?
The China garden at Biddulph features a Chinese temple, pagoda, a joss house and a ‘Great Wall’ to enjoy. A brightly painted bridge across the lake is great for those fantastic holiday photo opportunities too.
Biddulph describes the China garden as ‘a series of criss-crossing vistas from one architectural feature to another’.
On a bright sunny day, the shimmering reflections on the lake are stunning.
Who designed the sculptures?
You may also spot one or two of Waterhouse-Hawkins’ sculptures here. Look out for the sacred water buffalo underneath a Chinese canopy who appears to be surveying the entire scene of the garden. Keep an eye out too for another of Waterhouse-Hawkins’ sculptures–this time of a frog, the size of a wheelbarrow!
The Pinetum at Biddulph Grange
Visitors enter this garden via a curved stone tunnel. Suddenly you find yourselves in ‘one of the richest collections of conifers in mid-Victorian England’.
For instance, you can see that there are pine trees, monkey puzzles, firs, spruces and cedar trees in the Pinetum garden for you to enjoy.
The gravel paths invite you to meander along observing the different shapes and heights of the pinetum, an altogether different, more muted, and peaceful walk, after the vibrancy and energy of the China garden.
What about the Dahlias?
The dahlias give a most dazzling display of riotous colours from June to September each year. Planted in early June, they are at their most spectacular in September.
Presented in a tiered display, flanked by yew tree hedging, gives each variety maximum space for visitors to admire.
Towards the end of October at the end of their season, they replace the dahlias with a mixture of spring bulbs to provide wonderful colour again.
For those inspired by the wide range of plants and flowers on display, there is of course an opportunity to visit the outdoor plant sale too.
All in all, Biddulph grange garden can most definitely be described as ‘a masterpiece of Victorian garden design – a quirky, playful paradise’.
For more information about opening times, prices, facilities and how to get there just click here to visit their website.
See what other unique experiences we recommend by reading our other blogs here for even more ideas of places to visit whilst in the Picturesque Peak District.
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