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The Tatton Garden

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A delightful garden that combines the best of classical architecture and informal planting.


The garden was designed by John Ravenscoft , the original owner of Bridgemere, for the inaugural RHS Tatton Show in 1999. The garden not only won a Gold Medal, it also won Best Garden at the Show! It was never intended to be such a large garden and took over a month to construct at Tatton. John Ravenscoft years later, admitted he had confused metres with feet when he originally designing the garden. An easy mistake!


The Garden was designed specifically to show off the sheer variety of herbaceous plants available at Bridgemere Garden Centre, which by 1999, had become the largest garden centre in Europe. The planting was set off by the colonnades, which were originally imported from Italy, but have since been replaced with green oak. This garden combines structured formality with nature and strikes a balance between the two.


Don’t miss one of our 9 champion trees Cedrus Deodara Pendula, also known as the Fountain Tree. It is a magnificent large conifer, which is prized for its weeping canopy. It makes a big statement in this any garden! Also Inula magnifica, a dramatic plant with a multitude of primrose yellow flowers on stems which can grow up to 2m tall and the herbaceous borders which sit against the backdrop of the colonnades.

Plants to look out for...


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