Explore RHS Garden Bridgewater with designer Tom Stuart-Smith

Explore RHS Garden Bridgewater with designer Tom Stuart-Smith

Mark Waugh/Tom Stuart-Smith

In May 2021, the RHS opened its fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, one of the biggest gardening projects in the whole of Europe.

Transforming the derelict grounds of Elizabethan manor Worsley New Hall, in Salford near Manchester, the gardens are packed with fascinating corners to explore and contrasting sections.

There’s the Weston Walled Garden, one of the UK’s largest still-working Victorian walled gardens; the strikingly contemporary Welcome Building overlooking Moon Bridge Water, a tranquil lake that’s been planted with more than 3,000 aquatic and marginal specimens; and is a habitat for dragonflies and amphibians.

the paradise garden at rhs garden bridgewater

Neil Hepworth

You’ll also find orchards, woods, meadows and lakes, as well as living plant collections and horticultural trials, across the landscaped grounds.

TAKE ME THERE

The 156-acre site’s creation was overseen by Tom Stuart-Smith, who designed the Queen’s Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle to mark the Golden Jubilee, and Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, which you can visit on our exclusive Country Living holiday this July.

What can you expect from the 2022 trip?

Explore RHS Garden Bridgewater and learn about its design

RHS Garden Bridgewater is the organisation’s first garden in an urban setting, and Tom has created a peaceful haven where you’ll feel far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Bringing horticulture to a new audience, the ambitious project is incredible in its scope and diversity.

visit rhs garden bridgewater with designer tom stuart smith

Tom Stuart-Smith

When you arrive at RHS Garden Bridgewater, you’ll be personally welcomed and given an introduction to the garden by its curator. The RHS has taken inspiration from the heritage of the site to transform it into a world-class garden.

Highlights include the Chinese Streamside Garden created in collaboration with the Chinese community in Greater Manchester and featuring rock pools, snakebark maples, magnolias, Chinese red birch and the handkerchief tree.

The Paradise Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, is inspired by the earliest gardens of the Achaemenid Empire and its garden walls create a microclimate where a wide range of plants from all over the world can flourish.

This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

After touring RHS Garden Bridgewater with Tom, you’ll enjoy afternoon tea at a nearby hotel, during which he will give a talk about his career as a landscape designer, and answer all your gardening questions.

Discover the delights of Trentham Estate

You’ll also visit another of Tom’s acclaimed gardens, Trentham Estate. Tom revived its famous Italian Gardens, while celebrated contemporary garden designer Piet Oudolf created the Rivers of Grass and the Floral Labyrinth.

springtime at trentham gardens, staffordshire

peplowGetty Images

At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. Here you can take a lovely circular lakeside walk around it, going beside the River Trent, by the bird hide, through Capability Brown’s cascading weir and along atmospheric woodland trails.

Visit grand country estates

Another wonderful part of your holiday will be visits to two of the region’s finest country estates, the gardens and deer park at Dunham Massey and the neo-classical mansion and grounds of Tatton Park.

Dunham Massey was taken over by the National Trust in 1976 and restored to its former glory, in the style of an Edwardian pleasure ground. It’s filled with native and exotic plants, and continues to evolve with the more recent additions of the Rose Garden and the Winter Garden.

english public garden in summer

ManutaGetty Images

Another Edwardian gem is Tatton Park, designed by Lewis William Wyatt and Joseph Paxton, architect of the Crystal Palace. There’s a vegetable garden here which was used to produce Edwardian staples such as ‘Scarlet Emperor’ runner beans, ‘Fat Lazy Blonde’ lettuce and ‘British Queen’ potatoes, and a delightful Japanese garden.

Stay in a beautiful period hotel

You’ll stay for three nights in The Queen at Chester Hotel, packed with period features and a favourite of famous guests including Charles Dickens. The brick and stucco Italianate building has a fascinating history, and was said to be the first skyscraper of its time.

This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

It’s a short stroll from the historic centre of Chester, and all the bedrooms have fast Wi-Fi, satellite TV and 24-hour room service. You can enjoy a drink in one of the Victorian lounges, food at the King’s Grill, or admire the sweeping four-storey staircase.

How to experience RHS Garden Bridgewater and the North West’s best gardens

Meet Tom Stuart-Smith and explore the North West’s most beautiful gardens with Country Living in July 2022, from £795 per person.

FIND OUT MORE

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io

China’s property problems spread to once-healthy developers like Shimao Previous post China’s property problems spread to once-healthy developers like Shimao
The interior design trends set to take over 2022 Next post The interior design trends set to take over 2022