Biddulph Grange Garden stars in new BBC series

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Biddulph Grange Garden in Staffordshire is to feature in a new BBC documentary series airing this April.

The 4-part series, British Gardens in Time, starts airing on BBC 4 on 8 April, and hopes to uncover the rich social and horticultural history of four famous British gardens.

Two more National Trust gardens will also feature, Stowe in Buckinghamshire and Nymans in West Sussex, alongside Great Dixter in East Sussex.

With expert contributions from garden designer Chris Beardshaw, historian Andrea Wulf and National Trust Head Gardener Alan Power, the series will take a detailed look at iconic gardens created during four different eras - each garden giving an insight into a different century, the people that created them, and why.

Biddulph Grange Garden

This amazing Victorian garden was created by James Bateman for his collection of plants from around the world. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.

The garden features collections of rhododendrons, summer bedding displays, a stunning dahlia walk in late summer and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain, brought from China in the 1850s.

In the Geological Gallery you can also see how Bateman reconciled geology and theology.

More about the programme

Presenter Chris Beardshaw commented: ‘Sometimes we forget just how privileged we are in the UK by the richness and diversity of gardens that are now open to the public. This series is the perfect example of how it is possible to tell the story of not just gardens but of the social, industrial and political developments that have shaped, or themselves have been shaped by their external environment.’

The series was made by KEO films. You can find out more about the programme on the BBC website.