Plants galore at Biddulph Grange Garden

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An impressive collection of plants and trees from all over the world

James Bateman created the stunning and magical garden we know today. He lived at a time when plant hunters were risking life and limb to scour the world and bring back plants and trees never seen before in Britain. Biddulph became a horticultural wonder of the age and it remains one of Britain’s most important historic gardens.

In a series of theatrical garden tableaux, Bateman brought together a dynamic collection of extraordinary new plants from China, Sikkim, America and beyond. Rhododendrons came from Sikkim and Tibet via Joseph Hooker, who later became Director of the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. Later, Bateman acquired plants from Robert Fortune’s collections in China, plants which formed the mainstay of the garden named China.

The garden also features summer bedding displays, a stunning Dahlia Walk and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain, brought from China in the 1850s.

So impressive is the garden that it is Grade 1 listed, a grading given only to sites of the highest significance.