I visited Tatton Park in Cheshire back in the Winter time after discovering there was a fernery (I just adore ferns!), but unfortunately on the day we visited maintenance works were being carried out and so we couldn’t see the fernery.
And so, fresh with National Trust Memberships*, we returned recently and finally got to see inside!Designed by Joseph Paxton, the glasshouse has very high brick walls so is sort of hidden until you enter and then the effect is that you feel fully immersed in the greenery surrounding you.
Next to the fernery is a bright conservatory full of vibrant leafy plants and flowers and are changed seasonally. It also leads to the next glasshouse past a row of beautiful fuschias.
Towering with palm trees, climbing asparagus ferns and huge monstera - this beautiful glasshouse really showcases each specie so they stand out from one plant to the next.
After exploring the glasshouses, I went in search of the Kitchen Garden. A newly 'veg-patch' owner myself, I love seeing how the professionals do it! After a failed attempt at growing pumpkins, I was very envious of the size of Tatton Park's variations!
I then headed to the rose garden to smell the last of the summer roses, I just adore the smell and find it so soothing!
As always when visiting somewhere on a weekend, I like to arrive at opening time to explore gardens whilst they are quiet. I find gardens like sanctuaries and therefore find they are at their best when not too busy with too many people! Stepping under the canopy of giant rhubarbs and feeling like I am in my very own little secret garden.
And finally I made it to my real sanctuary, the Japanese Gardens. The sunlight was shining inbetween the leaves casting shadows against the trees, feeling almost mystical.
Finding conkers along the way, we walked to the Mansion to explore indoors but it doesn't actually open until 1pm so we didn't explore indoors this time round. We did admire the architecture from the outside before driving back and being lucky enough to spot some deer along the long road out of of the Park.
*Tatton Park is managed by Cheshire East Council so if you do have National Trust Memberships, you will still have to pay for parking but not entry to the gardens.