Plants and Gardens
Welcome to our group, which was set up in 2016. We aim to visit gardens in a wide variety of 'styles'. We travel to our venues by car, so the distances involved are not great.
For synopsis of an online talk click Where did our favourite plants come from
For synopsis of another online talk click Wicked Plants.
Biddulph Grange Garden Visit
Hooray, this was our first post-Covid group trip. The gardens, created in the mid-19th century are extensive, varied and quite quirky in places. The day remained overcast, but dry and a pleasant temperature, ideal in other words. Part of the garden is terraced and there are four hundred steps in total.
An hour's journey saw us in the cafe enjoying our usual cup of coffee and thus fortified we set off and took our first view from a terrace overlooking brilliant orange and red begonias and urns overflowing with cascading fuchsia - a very welcoming and cheerful sight which drew us further into the garden. Following directions from a "roving" guide we skirted the pretty lake onto a narrow footpath under overarching trees, through a short but very dark tunnel hewn from rock and then suddenly and dramatically into the light, a real "wow" moment. We had reached the Chinese garden with its calm ponds, ornamental bridge, and trees in the near distance, and strangely serene. Continuing on our way we were once again in the terraced area and through an archway had another sudden long view, this time of the Dahlia Walk. What a feast for the eyes, a riot of colour from brash yellow pom-poms to subtle pink ones with open petals. Interspersed between the beds of these many varieties of dahlias were meticulously trimmed yew hedges rising up the sides of the terrace.
The garden is designed in such a way that it is full of surprises and sudden views and indeed there is much, much more to see, for instance The Stumpery, The Egyptian Pyramid, The Pinetum but I hope the above gives you a flavour of the grounds. This was a lovely day in yet another beautiful place for our group, further appreciated I'm sure because of the difficult past months.
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