What's in Bloom?: Signs of spring
Our Gardens have now re-opened after months of lockdown and we're delighted to welcome you back! Our dedicated team of Gardeners has been busy preparing 50 acres of some of the most varied garden in England, so that it looks at its best for your return. Winter is losing it's grip as the days lengthen, and the Garden is showing more signs of spring by the day. This reassuring cycle of life emerging after the long winter months is bringing more cheer than normal this year. Here are a few peeks at the leaf buds and pops of colour you can expect to see when you stroll around our Garden this springtime:
Above left: When you first enter the Garden you'll emerge into the Orchard. The many varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees are starting to blossom, along with promising green specks of leaf bud.
Above middle: the Garden can't compete with the display of daffodils in the Parkland in early spring, but the few we do have provide a lovely yellow carpet just in front of the Mansion.
Above right: this photo was taken in April last year and shows the Petal bed on Charlotte's Lawn. The Gardeners have planted a similar display this year of wallflowers, polyanthus and spring bulbs which will produce another wonderful burst of spring colour for 2021.
Above left: the Fernery is a wonderful warm refuge during cold winter months. Unfortunately all our glasshouses have been closed to the public for a while now due to social distancing rules, but we still have to look after the plants. Working in these warm dry spaces is a popular wet weather job among the Gardeners! All plants on display throughout the Fernery, Conservatory, Show House and Orchid House need regular watering, removing dead leaves and tidying up.
Above middle: the Orchid House is a joy to behold at the moment and we hope to re-open it to visitors later in the year. The above photo is just one of 100s of orchid varieties blooming with colour.
Above right: The Choragic Monument lies at the end of Broad Walk at the furthest reach of the Garden. This popular path leads you from the lawns in front of the Mansion to the perimeter of the Garden, where you can enjoy some of the best views of the Parkland.
Whilst most areas of the Garden are open to the public, certain areas, such as the Rose Garden, Glasshouses and Fernery remain closed where social distancing is not possible. We're sorry you can't visit these particular sections, but why not read about them instead? Read more about Tatton's Glasshouses and orchid collection.
Video footage to bring you closer to the Gardens
Here are a few one-minute-long ambient videos, filmed in the Gardens last summer. If you are unable to visit Tatton Park at the moment, we hope you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, 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. Join him and step inside our world-renowned Japanese Garden.
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