History explorer: Victorian gardens

Richard Smyth and Twigs Way explore one of the most remarkable gardens of the Victorian age, Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire...

High Victorian style garden designed by James Bateman. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

They came from China, from Nepal and Bhutan, from Ecuador and Chile, from California and the Rocky Mountains, from Japan and New Zealand, from Siberia and the Pacific Northwest – exotic plants that eventually wound up at Biddulph in Staffordshire, where in the 1840s and 1850s James Bateman created one of the most remarkable gardens of the Victorian era.

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