The Garden Guide

Dunham Massey Garden

An eighteenth century house with a park and garden. The park, unlike so many, retains its old avenues. The lake was formerly a moat and is overlooked by a Tudor mount. The Dunham Massey garden has an Edwardian parterre, lawns, an orangery and ongoing planting designed to appeal to planstmen and plantsowmen. Beneath the surface of the estate lies a fascinating garden archaeological history. See Uncovering the Estate: The Archaeology of Dunham Massey by Norman Redhead, Heritage Management Director,Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service. The report and several paintings show the site of a Mount, which should be restored.  In its time Dunham Massey has been a Medieval Park (it still has a fine herd of deer), a Renaissance Garden, a Baroque Garden, a Landscape Garden, a Victorian Garden and an Arts and Crafts Garden. 'What next?' one has to wonder. Perhaps a museum garden?

Photograph © el31
Circular mounts used to be common on great estates but very few survive.

nr Altrincham, Cheshire, England, WA14 4SJ

Mid March to October. Daily. Open 11am to 5:30pm.

Adult £5.00

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