Signs of spring
Snowdrops are just beginning to peep through in our formal garden and throughout the estate. Whilst you’re visiting, take in the stunning views of the Coquet Valley and pop into our wildlife hide to spots birds, squirrels and roe deer, if you’re lucky.
Lord Armstrong's garden
The Formal Garden is a magnificent example of a Victorian garden. Laid out in three terraces it covers over three acres. On the top terrace the Orchard Hose is all that remains of the range and was where exotic fruits were grown. Today, the fruits are used for baking in our tea Rooms. Our annual carpet bedding image reflects our Building Dreams theme, which you can see in the image.
In the Victorian era it was regarded as a supreme symbol of wealth and status to own an arboretum or pinetum. Our Pinetum holds a fine collection of conifers mainly, but not exclusively, from North America. Young trees have been planted in this area to redress the problem of balance, with the original trees maturing and dying at the same time.
The Rock Garden
The largest rock garden in Europe surrounds the house on three sides. The west garden contains fine specimens of heath and heather, while the lower west garden has plantings of both evergreen and deciduous shrubs. The south garden has plantings from the warmer parts of Europe and New Zealand, along with azaleas.
Read our garden blog
Our assistant gardener Holly has been writing a blog telling us what's been happening in the formal garden. To find out more, visit it here.
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