Back in June Charlie and I went to a wedding in picturesque Leek in Staffordshire. But before the celebration, we popped into a fantastic place called Biddulph Grange Garden. I was very intrigued by this extraordinary Victorian creation featuring gardens from around the world.
The magical Biddulph Grange Garden
Walk through the ticket hall and you will step into a fairy tale. I strongly recommend visiting the garden and spend a day exploring the wonders it has to offer.
Arrive early and have a cup of coffee surrounded by the flowers and greenery and feel like you own the place.
We were so lucky to visit the garden at this time of year to see all the vivid colours reflected in the water. The top of the stairs offered panoramic views across the garden, pond and the colourful trees.
The grand entrance of the Dahlia Walk
Carry on walking and you will be amazed by the grand entrance of the Dahlia Walk. Take your time to admire the perfectly manicured hedges with rose gardens in between.
The Dahlia Walk is a delightful part of the park. It leads into a long promenade framed by tall and beautiful trees. The grass there was studded with little white flowers which looked like snowflakes on the ground.
The secret passage way through the Cheshire Cottage
We left the secret passage way through the Cheshire Cottage to the last. It’s like stepping into a different world.
As you walk through the little house, leave your troubles behind and enjoy the peaceful Lime Avenue.
Pass the tunnel and at your right, climb a set of rocky steps to see some more panoramic views of the colourful garden. There’s such a variety of plants and the colours were so vivid that it almost looked artificial. The entire garden was bursting with glorious Rhododendrons.
Discover the Chinese garden
I was especially excited about the Chinese garden, created by James Bateman to reflect a Willow Pattern. This part of the park is stunning and the dominating red and gold colours stand out so well against the green background.
I loved the whole park, but I think I spent the most time here, admiring every detail; the dazzling dragons, the Chinese Bridge, dragon parterre and everything around it. The place was so serene and relaxing.
The Joss House, a beautifully decorated little Chinese temple offers great views of the Chinese park.
The hidden Egyptian garden
On the way out we quickly popped into the Egyptian garden with two sphinxes guarding the entrance into the hedge pyramid. Such a beautiful leafy construction.
The visit was a real treat and a feast for my eyes. I’d love to come back again. Maybe I’ll gather my girlfriends one weekend and we can all come here for some tea and a wonder.
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