BIDDULPH GRANGE GARDENS - 11/04/04
We return to Biddulph Grange Gardens a year on since our first visit on 13/04/03. The National Trust gardens are located off the A527 road, that runs between Congleton and Stoke, about 1 mile north of Biddulph in Staffordshire. The weather today is dry, but cloudy with temperatures of approximately 13˚C. Dogs are not permitted in the garden itself, only in the car park.
|Photos from today don't give a true idea of just how busy Biddulph was on this Easter Sunday. The gardens were designed by James Bateman in the mid 19th century.|
|Evidence of the Easter trail laid out around the gardens with the bunny in the photo on the left. Due to popular demand there were no chocolate eggs left for kids (or big kids) by the time we arrive.|
|Photo on the left above taken in the Egyptian Garden. There are a lot of steps and uneven terrain, making many parts of the gardens inaccessible for people with mobility problems.|
|Tulips add a splash of colour as we walk from the entrance down towards the gardens. The house itself is not open to the public, it has been turned into apartments. There is a National Trust Tea Room here but it was really too busy today to visit.|
|All three photos above from the colourful China Garden at Biddulph. The garden has a great amount of variety, with formal and informal areas, including rock gardens, lakes and interconnecting tunnels, all displaying the widely differing plants collected together by James Bateman.|