What's in Bloom?
The 50 acres of Gardens at Tatton Park have evolved for over 200 years. Today it is an almost complete picture of how the gardens existed in Edwardian times. Find out more about the different areas of Tatton Park's gardens from the Walled Kitchen Garden, Japanese Garden, Glasshouses and the Pleasure Grounds, including an Arboretum featuring almost 900 plant varieties.
Tatton Park’s Orchid House is blooming with colour at the moment. Whilst the Gardens are now open to the public we have had to keep certain areas, such as the Glasshouses and Fernery, closed to follow social distancing rules. However, we're trying to help you stay connected to these areas in different ways. Here’s a short article about Tatton Park's orchid collection and it's history.
What's growing in the Kitchen Garden?
In normal circumstances, produce is regularly picked from the Kitchen Gardens by Tatton Park's gardeners and passed on to the chefs at both our Gardener's Cottage Tea Room and Stableyard Restaurant, to be used in their seasonal dishes. During lockdown, our crops of fresh produce grown so far this spring have not gone to waste. Our gardening team have picked, packed and delivered 24 heads of lettuce and almost 20 kilograms of rhubarb to a local community cafe. The Welcome Cafe is supporting people during lockdown by delivering meals to self-isolating residents in the Knutsford area.
Blooms adorning the Gardens throughout spring:
- Our Japanese Garden festoons with cherry blossom in April and May
- Rhododendrons and Azaleas burst into colour at this time of year, with Rhododendrons at their best from mid May and Azaleas from late June. Their vibrant reds, pinks and purples can be spotted throughout the Gardens
- Seasonal planting in the Italian Gardens uses brightly coloured Polyanthus
- Tulips grown in the Show House are now gracing beds and urns in the more formal corners of the Garden
- The wonderful Handkerchief Trees come into blossom in May
- Bluebells are brightening the floor of the Arboretum until the end of May
Video footage to bring you closer to the Gardens
Here are a few one-minute-long ambient videos, filmed in the Gardens recently. If you are unable to visit Tatton Park at the moment we hope you can enjoy the sights and sounds of spring, captured in these short films and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
- A one-minute video showing a view across the Dipping Pond, with ferns and leaves wafting in the breeze, a fountain and backdrop of birdsong
- A one-minute video showing spring colour in the Japanese Garden, looking across to the Tea House
- A one-minute video looking across to the Shinto Shrine and Almond Eye Bridge in the Japanese Garden, and a Coot nesting on the water
Our Head Gardener has also taken additional video footage during one of his working days in the Garden. The gardening team have been following a carefully planned rota to continue their care of Tatton Park's beautiful Gardens during lockdown. Join him and step inside our world-renowned Japanese Garden.