The Biddulph Grange Garden

 

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Let’s explore!!

The English countryside is always beautiful, rain or shine many places are waiting to be discovered. England is known by its many castles and also Victorian houses or mansions rich in history. In Staffordshire not far from Stoke on Trent it is located the Biddulph Grange Garden, a National Trust property, a place I have been years ago and I was looking forward to visit again. It was a rainy day and all we needed was our raincoats and wellington boots.

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One of the many trees in the Pinetum

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A lovely corner in the gardens.

The Biddulph Grange Garden is a place created by plant collector James Bateman, his love for plants was a big inspiration to design a unique garden which would contain plant collections from around the world. The garden is divided in places like Italy, China, Egypt and the Americas.

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Cheshire Cottage

 

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The Stumpery

On arrival to the Biddulph Grange you will be given a map and this will help you decide where to start the tour.  We started walking along the Italian garden area, where there is a lovely terrace and a big lake (which by the way was frozen). After that we had a walk along ‘The Americas’ where there are many different trees and, after going through a tunnel there is an area called the ‘Pinetum’ with many pines, short and tall ones.  At the end of the path we found  The Cheshire Cottage, once inside after a few steps you will be in  The Stumpery. This would be the first time I saw a Stumpery, a rockery made of old oak trees or dead trees, many of them!, the place has a science fiction touch and I absolutely loved it!. We kept on walking and suddenly we were in the Egyptian garden which  is nicely decorated with replicas of Egyptian sphinxes.  

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The Egyptian Garden

 

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Entrance to the Chinese Garden

But we were not finished yet, there was still a lot to explore and the next area to visit was the Chinese Garden. This garden is absolutely lovely, it looks very much like a Zen garden as it has a  pond decorated with rocks  and  red bridges. There is a pagoda with bells dangling from the roof ( the children love playing with the bells), and inside the Pagoda there are places to sit and enjoy the view.

 

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The Pagoda in the Chinese Garden

 

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A place to relax, the Chinese Garden

 

We did the Dahlia Walk even though there aren’t flowers yet. The best months to see the Dahlias in bloom is between August and October, so we will come back to see them. After the tour we went to the National Trust souvenir shop which sells many lovely gifts and there is also a coffee shop that has cakes, cold sandwiches and hot drinks.

The Biddulph Grange garden is a place for all the family to enjoy!

 

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Erdigg in Summer

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There is a place my family and I love for doing weekend picnics and it is called Erdigg. It is located in North Wales  in the city of Wrexham, and it doesn’t matter if it is a rainy day or a sunny day because this place is perfect for doing walks, especially during the summer months.

Erdigg was for many years home of the Yorke family and the mansion now belongs to the National Trust of England. It is possible to visit the mansion or do a tour to see the rooms that have 20th century furniture, ceramics and textiles. Something special is the collection of servants portraits, the ones who worked very hard maintaining the house and grounds for many years. My favourite room is the kitchen, because it is really spacious and it had everything you needed for doing big banquets. Something you don’t expect to see is a small collection of carriages,old cars and vintage bicycles. Also the children would be happy to see horses in the old stable yard and they can also pet them while a  lady tells  about the life of the horses and how they look after them.

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The mansion has massive gardens with a great variety of plants and flowers. There are also many fruit trees, like apple trees and to my surprise also small banana trees as  they usually grow in warm climate countries. There is also a big pond with fish and ducks, that is one of the favourite spots to stop for a picnic.

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When walking by the gardens you will find  a sign for the ‘Wolves Den’, this is a place with games for children, all made of old trees that have fallen and have been shaped. Children love this place and there is an ice cream kiosk near the entrance to the den.

If you don’t want to bring a picnic there is a restaurant and tea room with lovely cakes freshly made. Erdigg is dog friendly and has some areas where dogs are allowed, so you can bring your little canine friend with you.

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