Growth area: It’s been a few years since we last visited this contemporary pleasure garden at Alnwick in Northumberland. But we have clearly spent too many years away. The imaginative transformation from forgotten plot, to the opening in 2001, to the incredible garden it is today is nothing short of spectacular…
The Duchess of Northumberland, the woman behind the venture, is a true visionary.
Today it is stunning – green, serene, with surprises around every corner and a tranquil retreat from the urban hubbub. There’s so much more to discover since our last visit; everything is flourishing and it is so much more cultivated.
From the water features, cherry orchard and Poison Garden (with guided tours) to the Rose Garden, where you can stop and smell the roses (over 200 species of them) and the sublime Ornamental Garden, which is the most gorgeous tranquil setting, there is so much to see.
The Pavilion room and café at the start and end of our garden foray is a wonderful light and airy space with great vantage point of the tumbling Grand Cascade water feature. You can even have your wedding ceremony or reception here, in either The Pavilion or The Treehouse restaurant, which had my daughters planning theirs in anticipation…
The Grand Cascade is a sight to behold in full flow. And we loved the swinging seats in a shady spot by the pond where you can enjoy time out.
This summer there are lots of family-friendly events and activities planned. The project has developed in phases and is now two-thirds built, so it’s a case of watch this space.
The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, Northumberland is open all year round. alnwickgarden.com