|Biddulph Grange Garden|
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The finest views of Biddulph Grange (not open to the public) are from the Lake. Created around 150 years ago and acquired by the National Trust in 1988, Biddulph Grange Garden is the product of an extraordinary imagination. Designed in the mid 19th century as a series of connecting 'compartments', it remains one of Britain's most exciting and unusual gardens. Many gardens are claimed as being made up of separate rooms, but the brilliant design of this garden, is that you enter a building or folly at the corner of one garden and re-appear in a totally different themed garden invariably completely separate and not overlooked.
Featuring the imitation of the Great Wall of China, Italy, the Egyptian Court as well as pinetum, rock-gardens and fernery. James Bateman designed it as a rich and varied series of 'gardens within a garden', to amaze and impress his friends and visitors.
A cleverly planned frame work of hedges, rocks, banks and planting conceal these separate areas, each with its own distinct theme or style. Equally important, the garden was a home for Bateman's wide ranging collection of plants, such as the fine collection of conifers in the Pinetum, the newly introduced Himalayan Rhododendrons in the Glen, and the varied and exotic planting in China.
The Geological Gallery is housed in a narrow two storey building and shows how Bateman reconciled geology and theology. Travel through time as the gallery depicts the creation story using his collection of geological and fossil specimens.