What's on

David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition

27 Jan - 01 Apr 2015

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

Scheduled Closures

27 Jan - 30 Jan 2015

Closed for maintenance

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27 Jan - 31 Jan 2015

Please vote for us to win BBC Countryfile Garden of the Year

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea

14 Feb 2015

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea

Budding Artists Programme - Flower Pot People

18 Feb 2015

Make your own Flower Pot friend!

Budding Artists - Everlasting Flowers

16 Feb 2015

Create an Everlasting Flower

Mini scarecrows - Budding Artist Programme

15 Feb 2015

Make a mini scarecrow to guard your fruit and vegetables at home!

Valentine's Crafts - Willow Love Hearts

14 Feb 2015

Weave some magic!

The Amazing Mr Fish

03 Apr - 05 Apr 2015

The Amazing Mr Fish presents a circus, comedy, mime extravaganza.

Tea Dance

04 Feb 2015

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artist - Stone Pets

17 Feb 2015

Why not create your own stone pet to look after


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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