Alnwick Garden

Route: The Alnwick Garden

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 4th September 2017

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Lucy, Jody, Phoebe and baby Bobby

Distance: 4.0 miles

Weather: Cloudy

It’s hard to believe that the space which is now The Alnwick Garden was a semi-derelict former tree nursery until recent years. Since 2001 a complete transformation has taken place at a reputed development cost of £42m and the garden is now home to numerous examples of groundbreaking modern garden design, as well as a traditional ornamental walled garden

On arrival we went to the Poison Garden, which is entered via a locked gate and where an amusing guide told us tales of the darker side of plants, the most deadly specimens being grown in cages. It was interesting how many of the plants in the garden were quite common, including several we grow in our garden at home. There were others (which I hasten to say we don’t grow at home), such as Khat and Cannabis which are grown under licence from the Home Office

After that fascinating visit we went on to explore the other areas of the garden, including the Grand Cascade, the Ornamental Garden, the Serpent Garden and the Roots and Shoots Garden

After lunch in the Treehouse (one of the largest such structures in the world) there was time for Gilly and I to make a brief visit to nearby Alnwick Castle. It was a wonderful visit, enjoyed by young and old alike, and as this was a family outing rather than a walk, I’ve added a few photos for the family album…

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