We recently visited Biddulph Grange Garden near Stoke-on-Trent. Saved from dereliction by the National Trust in 1988, and subject to many years of restoration, the gardens are a magnificent survival of the great age of Victorian gardening.
Biddulph Grange was developed by James Bateman (1811–1897). Bateman was the son of a wealthy coal and steel industrialist. From a young age Bateman was fascinated by plants, particularly orchids which were a lifetime passion. His wife Maria was also a passionate horticulturist.
Plant hunting and collecting was all the rage in the middle to late 1800’s. The Bateman’s were no different to other wealthy Victorian plant collectors. Their garden was created over 20 years from 1842, with a variety of individual gardens, each with their own microclimates, enabling exotic plants to flourish. Biddulph Grange Gardens featured as one of the gardens in the 2014 BBC TV series British Gardens in Time.
The history of the Grange and Gardens is described by the National Trust HERE. Meanwhile here’s a selection of photo we took of the Gardens.