What's on

Pump Room Tours

23 Apr - 01 Oct 2014

Explore the underground pump rooms of The Grand Cascade and learn about the machines that power the wonderful water displays

Glass in The Garden

21 Jul - 31 Aug 2014

A fantastic opportunity to blow some glass and contribute to a major glass artwork

What’s Rotting in The Garden

23 Apr - 12 May 2014

34 students have decorated bins with their take on what’s most inspiring in Northumberland’s natural landscape and wildlife.

Budding artists - Finger Puppet Friends

27 May 2014

Let your imagination and creativity loose!

Early Evening Closing

23 Apr 2014

Due to private functions The Alnwick Garden will be closed.

Seeds of Learning - 'Salsacise'

12 May 2014

Join us in The Garden for this exciting Latin-style dance session for the over 50s

Elderberries Clinic Café

13 May 2014

Free healthcare sessions for the over 50s

Budding Artists - Gnome Making

24 May 2014

Make a Gnome for your plants at home.

Budding Artists - Wind Chime Making

25 May 2014

Craft and create your very own wind chimes.

Budding Artists - Pencil Pals

13 Jul 2014

Create quirky pencil toppers from a range of craft materials

Budding Artists - Father's Day Gifts

07 Jun - 08 Jun 2014

Make something lush for your Pop.

Budding Artists - Peg Friends

28 May 2014

Upcycle a peg into a fairy or pixie friend

Ice Cream Festival

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2014

Do you scream for Ice Cream?

Fifield/Stephen/Milne Gala Concert

29 May 2014

Enjoy a special concert of traditional and contemporary music.

Budding Artists - Mini Bedroom Bunting

17 May 2014

Make your own Mini Bunting

Budding Artists - Wooden Pets

18 May 2014

Make a friend of arboreal origin.

Budding Artists - Willow Crafts

29 May 2014

Weave some magic!

Mini scarecrows - Budding Artist Programme

31 Jul 2014

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

Budding Artists Programme - Flower Pot People

30 May 2014

Make your own Flower Pot friend!

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

25 Jul 2014

Outdoor theatre for all.

Steeton Male Voice Choir

30 Jun 2014

Fantastic live music at The Alnwick Garden

Cherry Blossom Festival

09 May - 12 May 2014

Experience a taste of Japanese culture.

May Day Vintage Tea Dance

05 May 2014

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artists - Bug Buddies

16 Aug 2014

Make and dress your own bug friend

Budding Artists - Everlasting Flowers

24 Jul 2014

Create an Everlasting Flower

Silk Painting and Blossom Making

26 Apr - 27 Apr 2014

Make a traditional Japanese banner.

Berwick Arts Choir

15 Jun 2014

Choir Performance

Seeds of Learning - 'Qi Gong'

01 May 2014

Improve your posture, flexibility and strength in these relaxed sessions in the Pavilion.

Alice the Musical

20 Jul 2014

Open air entertainment for all.

The Folk Garden

26 Apr 2014

A folk music extravaganza in The Alnwick Garden

Father's Day Fun

14 Jun - 15 Jun 2014

Treat Dad to a BBQ in The Alnwick Garden

Budding artists - Finger Puppet Friends

18 Aug 2014

Let your creativity loose!

Budding Artists - Mini Treasure Bags

22 Jul 2014

Create a bag to store all your loot.

The Brass Necessities.

29 Aug 2014

Bring a picnic to this Disney themed family Concert.

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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