The 50 acres of gardens at Tatton have been developing for over 200 years with each successive owner of the estate playing their part in its evolution. Today it is an almost complete picture of how the gardens existed in Edwardian times.
There are many different styles and types of gardens throughout the 50 acres displaying an array of different plants, trees and rhododendrons. Highlights include:
A walled Kitchen Garden
This garden has been extensively renovated and today they use cultivation techniques and original varieties of vegetables and fruit to reflect the Edwardian era using varieties that were known to be used at Tatton during this period. It has a vegetable garden and a walled orchard of apple, pear, and plum trees. Produce can be looked at here and then purchased from the garden shop to take home and enjoy.
The Japanese garden is a later introduction and possibly as a result of a visit made to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at the White City in London in 1910. It resulted in a team of Japanese workment arriving at the gardens to build it, and the Shinto Shrine and other artefacts are said to have been brought in from Japan. It is a style of Tea Garden and has water, bridges, pathways and lanterns. There is very little flora, but has many Japanese Maples or Acers as well as bamboo and evergreen plants.
Glasshouses - there are 7 glasshouses each having it's own speciality in an area of the garden. These are:
The 'playground' of the garden and contains a massive planting of rhododendron and Azalea which are in full colour during spring. It has a maze based on an early plan of 1700 and to the same format as Hampton Court maze. It has many styles and small garden types including an intricate flower garden containing small beds, the Topiary with it's central feature of a Peacock, an Italian garden at the front of the house, a Rose Garden laid out in 1913, the Tower Garden which is dominated by a tower which would once have been used to watch for sheep stealing on the parkland.
There is also an Arboretum, pools and a large brook/water space as well as a fountain, statues, monuments and an African Hut!
Seasonal Highlights in the gardens are:
Although it may be at its most colourful during Spring and Summer, you can see there is something to see all year round.
Download the Garden Guide (PDF). A map of the garden showing where each of the items are.
Tatton Park holds the annual RHS Tatton Park Garden show, usually held in July each year.
There are a number of other attractions at Tatton Park including:
Tatton Park is owned by the National Trust but since 1960 has been leased back to Cheshire Country Council who have since managed and financed the property on their behalf.
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