Described by one of our volunteers as 'the heartbeat of The Alnwick Garden', the Roots and Shoots Garden is central to our learning philosophy - giving adults and children alike the opportunity to learn vegetable growing techniques and to taste the best of what the harvest has to offer.

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Experience The Alnwick Garden's hidden gem - our Roots and Shoots vegetable garden, a teaching garden within the walls of an old kitchen garden. The Roots and Shoots project is an integral part of our learning philosophy; nurturing seeds of interest and helping them grow.

The garden is tended by our own gardeners along with visiting schools and families, to allow children and adults alike to learn and experience self-sufficiency by growing their own food. Our experts are on hand to provide advice and lead workshops, allowing you to gain an insight into the innovative and traditional growing methods in use.

This is the seventh year of The Alnwick Garden's Roots and Shoots programme, and we're offering an inspiring range of activities and programmes for the whole family. New for this year, come and see the bees working inside our two beehives. We are also running tours of the Roots and Shoots garden every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

The programmes run within the Roots and Shoots Garden are much more than simply a collection of courses and classes, they inspire people of all ages and abilities to become a part of The Alnwick Garden; 

"One of the greatest pleasures of being involved with The Alnwick Garden is knowing that so many people come away from it having learned something valuable. The Garden is very much a working one and I’m delighted that its dedicated, expert and passionate staff are able to share their expertise with the rest of the world. There’s something for everyone, and a huge variety of skills, knowledge and, above all, fun. It’s the kind of fun that’ll stay with you for the rest of your life”.

--Jane Northumberland, Trustee, The Alnwick Garden Trust

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Tours of The Roots & Shoots Garden*

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – tour of Roots & Shoots garden at 1pm and 3pm (30 minutes per tour)
Tuesday and Thursday – tour of bee hives/observation hut at 2pm (30 minutes)

Tours are free with general admission to The Alnwick Garden, however donations are gratefully received and help fund our charitable projects.

*Tours are available during summer opening hours, for more information on opening times please click here.

"The Roots and Shoots Garden is the heartbeat of The Alnwick Garden"

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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