What's on

David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition

22 Dec - 01 Apr 2015

A range of kinetic sculptures inspired by nature on display around The Garden

Christmas Lunches in the Pavilion Cafe

22 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

Enjoy a superb four course festive lunch and a glass of our delicious house wine, in the atmospheric Pavilion Cafe overlooking the stunning Grand Cascade.

SPARKLE

22 Dec - 01 Jan 2015

Come in and see something truly dazzling!

Budding Artist - Creative Crafts

22 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

Using pegs, felt and imagination our artists will help you create a beautiful craft to take home and keep.

Glass in The Garden

22 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

A Unique Creative Partnership between The Alnwick Garden and The National Glass Centre Sunderland

Treehouse Early Closure

27 Dec 2014

Treehouse Early Closure

Father Christmas at The Garden

22 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

Meet Father Christmas and his troupe of busy elves in his beautiful grotto!

Tea Dance

04 Feb 2015

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artists: Reindeer Food

22 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

Mix a magic bag of reindeer tidbits

New Year Family Fun

31 Dec 2014

Celebrate the New Year in style with some old fashioned family fun.


Garden design

The Alnwick Garden is the only public garden on this scale designed by Belgian designers, Jacques and Peter Wirtz.

Their signature emphasis on living green architecture means that The Garden is striking all year round.

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The Alnwick Garden is being created by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, celebrated international garden designers from Belgium.

In design terms it is fair to say that The Alnwick Garden pushes the boundaries, and this is due in no small part to the Duchess of Northumberland herself, who has always believed that almost anything is possible if you get the right people involved. Her original concept was to produce a garden design framework and then to bring in the specialists, the experts, the best in their field, to ensure that each individual garden and concept was cutting edge in terms of both design and technology.

The Garden is a place where the imagination can run wild and the element of surprise is everything. This is created not just by the imaginative design of The Garden as a whole, but the attention to detail which is apparent in every aspect of it and of the many features it contains.

Water is the lifeblood of this garden, the heart of which is the Grand Cascade. Running north to south it forms a dramatic centrepiece to The Garden and is the first thing visitors see when entering through the archway, immediately catching the eye and drawing them in.

Teamwork has played a vital role in the design process. Because of the ground-breaking nature of many of the design features, the means by which to make them operational has been developed from scratch. Only by including everyone, from the Duchess to the contractors, has it been possible to solve the many problems which tend to crop up when working with such innovative concepts.

The Wirtz signature style features an architectural green structure, seen here in hornbeam-covered pergolas, yew topiary, box and beech hedges. This gives lots to see outside of the summer months. The landscape is eclectic, from the gentle waves of colour and scent in the Rose Garden to the riotous water displays of the Grand Cascade.

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There is a final phase of development still to come, encompassing more gardens and an adventure play area. The Alnwick Garden belongs to a charity, The Alnwick Garden Trust, who are fundraising to complete the landscape.

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Hornbeam walkway

The Alnwick Garden is more than a garden, it is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of a community. As well as standing for contemporary gardening excellence, The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, addressing disability and the economic renaissance of a rural community.

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