Thursday, 3 March 2016

Biddulph Grange Gardens

Last weekend the sun shone and Spring seemed in the air, and being in the area we decided on an impromptu visit to Biddulph Grange Gardens.












As you enter, you're met by Italian-inspired clipped hedges, formal bedding, an ornamental pond and long tree-lined vistas





















but head further in and hidden from view are tunnels and stepping stones,




quirky design features such as a maze of daffodils,










a stumpery which looks like something out of a fairy tale,









 sphinxes guarding the entrance to an Egyptian tomb,













and at the heart of it a little bit of China




with the sort of bridge found on "Willow Pattern' plates,








It's rather like stepping through a gate into not just a secret garden but a magical one which transports you to the Orient.




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