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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
January 3, 2013
From journal Our Glorious Weekend in Bakewell
Gravesend, United Kingdom
October 30, 2009
From journal Some Historical Jewels in Englands Crown
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
February 6, 2009
From journal Day Trips from Manchester
Riverview, New Brunswick
October 4, 2005
The garden is available on its own ticket at 5.75. One of the reasons that you may need at least 5 hours to see Chatsworth is the gardens. They are truly wonderful and cover 105 acres… I would think that a map is a good idea, as the gardens are a maze of things. How many other gardens warrant a 64-page guidebook?
The centrepiece of the gardens is the 300-year-old cascade, which is surmounted by what appears to be a small, classical temple. Much of the water for the effects on the estate comes from lakes 400 feet above the house. The Emperor Fountain is gravity-fed and can reach the height of 300 feet, but normally, to protect the equipment, the height is set at 90 feet… still impressive.
There is Joseph Paxton’s Rock Garden. One can’t imagine the effort it must have taken to create a small mountain of boulders in order to create it. While some of the plants in the garden may be small, many of them are full-grown evergreens.
Are your children bored? Take them down the coal hole and through the tunnel. It is extremely dark, dank, and for little ones, either terrifying or fun (or both). Amuse yourself in the meandering Serpentine hedges.
While the Duke and Duchess have added a number of sculptures to the park, the most interesting sculpture may be Angela Connor’s Revelation, which sits in its own little pond surrounded by hedges. Water-driven, burnished leaves open to reveal a large, gold ball, and within minutes, hide it again.
While there are a number of greenhouses on the grounds, they don’t tend to be open. There are, however, a number of smaller gardens: a cottage garden and its neighbouring classical garden, and the sensory garden. Then there are the little things: the sculptures or the willow-tree fountain which once delighted a young Queen Victoria.
We didn’t see it all, but we found it very hard to leave. Every pathway seemed to promise something to see. Plan to spend at least two hours in this wonderful garden.
From journal Great Houses of the Peak District