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Biddulph Grange Gardens National Trust UK

Picture diary of a visit to National Trust Biddulph Grange Gardens Staffordshire

I have visited Biddulph gardens a couple of times now over the past year and it remains one of my favorite and inspiring gardens in the UK. One can only wonder at the the adventurous and daring ingenuity of James Bateman in imagining the construct of this complex arrangement of rooms and expressions in landscape, all the more so give that the gardens are not merely confined to those contained, but venture far beyond into imagined Himalayan walkways, a boating lake, caves, tunnels, bridges and rivers. Playful, yet serious in execution, surely the most ambitious and accomplished of its kind anywhere in the world.

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Little Moreton Hall, National Trust UK,

Picture diary of a visit to  National Trust Little Moreton Hall.

Visit to another National Trust property on what turned out to be a spectacular, and quintessential English summers day. A fascinating moated  wobbly Tudor building that twists, shakes, and undulates with age, but somehow stays up. No garden here, apart from a very small Knot garden to the rear of the house, but still definitely worth a visit for all those interested in architecture. Personally i love the geometric nature of the lead work in the windows. I also love the exposed peg joints in the timber work. Also some beautifully naive and simple carving figures and detail to external courtyard area timber frame, pictures below. A truly remarkable historic building.
There is also a very good restaurant in the building where we had a good set lunch for a reasonable price.
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Bodnant National Trust Gardens Wales in Pictures

The National Trust Garden Bodnant in Wales

Quite possible my favorite National Trust gardens  in the UK. Below is a small picture diary essay.

Founded in 1874 then gardens were developed by five generations of one family, it was gifted to the care of the National Trust in 1949. The garden spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate Terraces, informal Shrub Borders stocked with plants from around the world. For anyone with any passion for gardens and plants this is at the very least a bucket-list must see!!

View to the former stable along the River Hiraethlyn in the Dell.

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Iris

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Emergent foliage Rhododendron

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Sizergh Castle Kendal in Pictures

Sizergh Castle, Kendal, Cumbria, National Trust UK

Sizergh castle is a National Trust maintained property on the edge on the lake district in Cumbria North West UK . It is an enjoyable and largely unpretentious place to visit, set within a lush green and verdant landscape. The castle is still inhabited by the Strickland family who have been in residence for over 750 years.

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One of my favorite things about Sizergh is the spread and drama created by the  Erigeron growing between and into the steps and walls. It lends a sense of mystery and fantasy to the whole place.

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