Biddulph Grange Garden is one of the most exciting survivals of the great age of Victorian gardening.The international scope of the garden has been compared to the Great Exhibition of 1851 and design features from the exhibition can be found in the garden’s sculptures.
An international collection
The garden was the vision of one man, James Bateman, who from 1841 spent more than twenty years collecting plants from all over the world.
The plants and trees were brought together at Biddulph amid rockwork, topiary, tree-stumps and an extraordinary collection of eclectic garden buildings designed by Bateman and Edward Cooke.
Restoration to original Victorian glamour
We have restored the Grade 1 listed garden to its Victorian heyday using contemporary descriptions and plans supported by archaeological evidence - the aim being to restore it as closely as possible to James Bateman’s original vision.
The main source of inspiration and guidance for the restoration an 1861 description of the gardens by Edward Kemp, first published in the Gardeners Chronicle and the only detailed contemprary description written.
Go on a global expedition
The garden is laid out so that the visitor is led from one area to another in a journey of discovery and exploration. Each garden is separated by hedges, banks and rockwork. Paths, steps and tunnels lead from one to area to another resulting in an intriguing journey of discovery.
The result is spectacularly picturesque including a Chinese landscape based on a Willow pattern design; a Himalayan Glen; an Egyptian Court and an Italianate garden.
Rare and exotic plants
Integral to the garden are the rare and exotic plants from all over the globe as well as unusual features from the Victorian period. These include a stumpery, upside down trees and amazing rockwork.
There is also a new Woodland Walk offering visitors the chance to stretch their legs even further and enjoy a range of natural play features. A wide variety of wildlife is also on display including numerous birds and insects, along with the fish who always enjoy a good feed.