“…. a wonderful place to unwind for a couple of hours, in the beautiful tranquil heart of Northumberland. “
“Visitors catch a glimpse of the gardens as they drive into the Centre, but it is not until you walk through the gardens that you get the full value of the planting schemes. As the seasons progress, the different associations and groupings of plants come into their own. It is hoped the gardens will have something of interest for everyone – the discerning plantsperson and the casual passer-by. Planting design has included all the aesthetic values of plants – flower, foliage, stem, texture, scent, colour, shape – and includes plants of interest for all seasons. A garden would not be a garden, if it did not have water in it somewhere – two large ponds were constructed, with connecting waterway. The heavy soil lends itself really well to moisture loving marginal plants, so favourites such as Hosta, Astilbe, Primula japonica, Filipendula, Polygonum, Ranunculus and of course Gunnera manicata, to name but a few, do really well in the planting scheme. As more and more phases are implemented, and more plants are added to the collection, the more impressive the gardens will become. “
Hazel Huddleston, the gardens owner and designer.
“This is a garden to visit in reality, not virtually! A garden “not the same” because it is like a private garden – certainly not formal, although there are of course different themes of all kinds. (Plants, shapes of beds, seasonal, etc).The sheer amount of different varieties of plants is worth a visit in itself, and choose a good day for weather, because to look at every plant will take some time. It is a garden to live in, where you can see full size shrubs, not just pots, which are better indications of how a particular shrub grows. A chat with the manager will reveal the amount of work it has taken to get to the present stage, and also to discover the future plans.”
From Kathy, France.