Biddulph Grange Garden is a quirky, playful paradise in the heart of Staffordshire that I visited about a month ago with my family. (I admit, this post has sat in the draft box for a while.
) With a spare Sunday and looking to go somewhere to chill and relax in the sunshine, we got the National Trust book out and chose somewhere a few hours from home for our day trip.
|Dad and I at Biddulph Grange|
|Ad by the Biddulph Grange pond that was full of really big fish! |
After a couple of hours in the car we were looking forward to wandering around the themed gardens.
Biddulph Grange Garden is free entry to National Trust members, non members pay a small entrance fee. All the Gardens are brought together by the extensive Biddulph Grange house, which is a private residence and not open to the public, but does house a very popular tea rooms and National Trust shop where you can indulge in the British classic, afternoon tea whilst picking up some garden themed souvenirs.
The Idea behind the gardens is that each garden represents a country that reflects the plants found in that country. Countries include China, Egypt and the Americas, just to name a few. Many of the plants were brought to Biddulph Grange Garden in the Georgian period and are the first plants of their type to be planted in the UK.
|Dad ruining the photo at the Egyptian garden.|
We walked around the world (of the gardens anyway!
) pausing to look and explore the themed buildings within the gardens. Here's Ad and I in the Dahlia Walk having a Taylor Swift / Romeo and Juliet moment. There were some fantastic garden views from here and was a great place to have a further look at the Grange.
|Romeo and Juliet, the blonde version. |
Whilst Biddulph Grange Garden is all about history and looking back in time, they also allow you to see all the constant development going on in their gardens, their work in progress. From seasonal flowers which you can also buy and take home, to growing their own food, we even got to have a look at the very food they grow to sell in the onsite shop and tea rooms. Talk about local produce!
Not only does Biddulph Grange Garden have a rich plant history, it also has a real restoration vibe. It's taken them 20 years to fully restore all the gardens to their former glory and It's beautiful. There's so much to see. I loved the pinetum, picture perfect!
|Beautiful blue skies|
From such stunning, groomed gardens we walked to more overgrown, self explore areas of Biddulph Grange. The pinetum smelt amazing and was a real back to nature experience with trees, trees and more trees to see.
|When you let your boyfriend hold the camera...|
There is lots of 'Stumpery' (I didn't know that was a thing before now.)
which brought me and Ad back to our childhoods. Hopping from one stump to another never gets old, no matter what age you are. All the stumps are from oak trees and guide the way around more of the off-the-beat tracks of the Biddulph Grange.
We even came across lots of wildlife, fungi and mushrooms. Nature is an amazing thing. I'd highly recommend having a wander, there's so much to see; such as the twig dome and the insect box.
Once we'd found our way back to the centre of Biddulph Grange Garden we stopped to browse their second hand, honesty book shop, before strolling through their Summer bush garden and off to get a picnic spot for a little Sunday lunch!
Biddulph Grange Garden was so much fun, a really relaxing Sunday with the family. It was nice to get out and see something new. The National Trust always have the most amazing places to go and visit, I must make more of my membership! If you have any recommendations of where I should go next, please let me know!