About the garden
Tatton Garden Society
The arboretum owned by Tatton Garden Society is situated in Swettenham Village in the heart of Cheshire. It was the brainchild of the astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, the then-director of the Jodrell Bank observatory, the radio telescope, which the can be seen from the grounds.
Setting out and planting commenced in the mid-1950s and has continued since, the collection now consisting of some 2,500 trees and shrubs from 85 distinct families. The site also contains a forest garden, in which we are hoping to develop a herb collection. The collection is based on the plants listed in the volumes of W.J Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles.
The arboretum is accessed from a signed path at the left-hand side of the Swettenham Arms, where food and drink can be bought during licensed hours and by arrangement by contacting them direct.
The arboretum has two self-guided trails – red and yellow – indicated by coloured posts and a descriptive leaflet obtainable by the noticeboard near the entrance. Visitors can follow the trails or wander along the close mown paths and admire a range of plants including in spring snowdrops, crocus and other bulbs then as the season progresses well-labelled plants such as Sorbus, Betula, collections of Fraxinus, Pinus and endangered conifers, the latter grown in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Edinburgh.
The collection also includes some champion trees, identified by a silver disc along with the plant label. The collection, although initially intended to be scientific, has diversified to also demonstrate flower, leaf colour form and fruit to encourage educational interest in plants. To encourage this, Tatton Garden Society welcomes requests for guided tours and lectures (please contact our office for further information).