Exploring the garden at Tatton Park
Wander through the garden at Tatton Park and you'll discover a number of distinct areas within its 50 acres, including the Japanese Garden, Fernery, Kitchen Garden and Tower Garden. Since 1725, each successive owner of the Egerton family estate has played a part in the evolution of the garden and sought the expertise of the leading landscape architects of the time.
The Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden was almost certainly the result of Alan de Tatton’s visit to the Anglo-Japanese exhibition at White City in London in 1910. He got together a team of Japanese workmen to create what is now said to be ‘the finest example of a Japanese garden in Europe'.
The 19th-century Fernery has an extensive collection of ferns and tree ferns from New Zealand and Australia. It was designed in the late 1850s by Joseph Paxton, who was famous for building the Crystal Palace.
The Kitchen Garden
The walled Kitchen Garden reflects an almost forgotten era and demonstrates the importance of traditional skills and procedures. From mushroom sheds and onion stores to barns and glasshouses, all have been restored to their former use.
Tatton’s Head Gardener Simon Tetlow makes sure that all the plants in the walled Kitchen Garden are grown free of chemicals. Additionally, only plants that would have been grown up until 1900 feature here, making the garden a piece of living history.
Here you'll find historical scarlet emperor runner beans, local British queen potatoes and quirky fat lay blonde lettuces. Other typically Edwardian types of fruit and vegetables grow here, and you can buy or eat them on the estate when they're in season.
Learn about 1930s farming practices and techniques, meet traditional and endangered species of farm animals and learn where our food comes from in a unique interactive exhibition.
Stop off for a cuppa and a bite to eat at the Stables Restaurant or the Gardener's Cottage Tea-Room. Then take home some local produce from the Housekeeper's Store or browse the goodies in the Gift Shop.
The mansion is now closed for the winter. Check back in 2024 for opening times to explore the mansion at Tatton Park, a National Trust property cared for by Cheshire East Council. Discover its opulent state rooms, vast collection and complete servants’ quarters.
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