Biddulph Grange Garden in Winter

Snowy stumpery

Winter - the time when the crisp sound of your footsteps and chill in the air only add to the drama on show at Biddulph Grange. See the hedges lined with snow and look out for the robins stocking up for the cold days ahead as the weather closes in.

Snowy sphynx in Egypt
Sphynx in Egypt covered with snow

Winter is the time to note the structure of the garden and there is a fine view from the western terrace looking over the dahlia walk with its magnificent yew hedges across to the pyramid in the Egyptian garden. The yew is one of Britain’s three native conifers and is used to create  ‘rooms’ within the garden. Biddulph Grange Garden is thought to have been the first garden of its era in England to have used the concept of garden rooms.  Each area of the garden has its own microclimate formed by the use of trees as screens and rockwork to protect plants.

China in Winter time
China in Winter

The dramatic rockwork in the garden is formed from massive pieces of Chatsworth gritstone quarried at nearby Troughstone Hill and is especially noteworthy in the Chinese garden with the Great Wall and wonderfully sculpted arches. There are many evergreen trees in the garden and the pinetum displays fine example of conifers including cedars, pines and redwoods. Groups of young trees have been planted on raised banks to maximise the effect and also on mounds to display the roots. There is an impressive group of mature monkey puzzle trees and Bateman gave each of his trees an individual name.

Early morning frost around the lake
Frosty lake

There are around 20 different varieties of holly and the high walk in the Himalayan glen is a good place to see evergreen ferns. The ttumpery is a very novel area to pass through, composed of the stumps of oak trees. Snowdrops are scattered through the garden and are a welcome sign that spring is on its way.