Author(s): HAYNES P, AUGUST I, AND PATTINSON T
The Alnwick Garden is one of the most exciting contemporary gardens to be developed anywhere in the world in the last 100 years and has become the third most visited garden in the United Kingdom in the 10 years since it opened. Its centrepiece is the Grand Cascade, a magnificent tumbling mass of water surrounded by cool hornbeam arbours. This leads to the geometric Ornamental Garden, with inviting pathways bordered by lavender and fruit trees. The fragrant Rose Garden, the mysterious Bamboo Labyrinth, the grim, locked Poison Garden and the huge and magnificent Tree House - all are linked by a network of green shapes and brought to life by water features. The flowing landscape that results is a fascinating sequence of quiet and busy spaces, full of surprises and delights.