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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Japanese Garden secrets revealed

Two events at Tatton Park celebrate the 100-year legacy of their internationally-renowned Japanese Garden. Learn all about its story at our fascinating new Mansion exhibition, followed by a visit to the Garden to see it in person. Then, if - like the 3rd Baron Egerton all those years ago - you feel inspired to create your own Japanese garden at home, tune into our Head Gardener’s video tour at this year’s virtual RHS Flower Show Tatton Park at Home on 22 July.

New exhibition in the Mansion: Why is the Japanese Garden so special?

Thanks to a series of photographs taken at the time of its construction in 1910, along with original plans and drawings, this new exhibition shares some of the secrets of the Japanese Garden; how it was built and the meaning behind its design, materials and symbols.

Created over 100 years ago

Alan de Tatton Egerton, 3rd Baron Egerton of Tatton (1845-1920), visited the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition in London, and was so inspired by what he saw, he decided to introduce his own Japanese garden at Tatton. What was created over 100 years ago remains, to this day, one of the finest examples of a Japanese garden in Europe. The legacy Alan left behind is a visual spectacle in all seasons, and Tatton’s gardeners help ensure it is still here for visitors to enjoy for another 100 years. 

Japanese Garden: The Legacy of Alan de Tatton Exhibition runs Weds-Sun, 1pm-5pm until 1 November and is included in your Mansion entry ticket. The Gardens are open every day from 10am-6pm until end October. Tickets and timeslots for both the Mansion and Gardens must be booked online in advance at

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park at Home: How to create your own Japanese garden

In the absence of the ‘real’ flower show this year, is hosting a virtual event called Tatton Park at Home on Wednesday 22 July. Tatton Park’s very own Head Gardener is among the list of experts featured in their online celebration of all-things gardening. Simon Tetlow’s film shares rare views inside the hidden world of the Japanese Garden, plus advice for viewers on how to create an authentic feeling in your Japanese garden at home.

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