Created after a visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at the White City in London in 1910 Alan de Tatton was so inspired that he brought a team of Japanese workmen over to create his new garden.
I loved it as it incredibly well laid out and worked with the space with a bridge, shrine and tea room.
It also had its own Mini Mount Fuji....something I have been lusting about doing myself for years. In essence Fuji is a sacred mountain, and often a mini version is created as part of this, or for people who were unable to travel to the mountain its self. I saw a magnificent one on a holiday to Kyushu, one of Japans southern islands.
As a visitor you can only skirt the edges, which I actually like as it is that feeling of peering in and the mystery of the unknown. You can also really imagine using the garden, and having a fabulous party...
Whilst I liked Tatton park, I felt the planting of Packwood House blew it away (see previous post). But what was fabulous was the structure, and also one of the nicest ferneries I have been to in a glasshouse which was designed by Joseph Paxton (of Crystal Palace Fame)
It also had these amazing rooms...I loved the topiary and the tower
So overall a very interesting estate, certainly more than a flower show!