The Formal Garden

The fountain in the formal garden

Laid out in three terraces, the Formal Garden covers over three acres and is an idyllic, colourful spot to take in views of Northumberland. In the Formal Garden you'll find the Orchard House, Italian Terrace, and summer carpet bedding display.

The Orchard House

The scaffolding has now come down from last year's conservation and painting project, and the Orchard House will be open to explore from 9 February 2018.

One of the largest surviving glasshouses dating from the 1870s, the building has three sections and was built to provide shelter from the Northumberland climate for the cultivation of hardy and tender fruits. Today, there are large earthenware pots producing fruits including figs and pears.

Gardeners can plant the spring bulbs now the Orchard House scaffolding is down
A gardener plants bulbs in the background with a wheelbarrow full of bulbs in the foreground
Gardeners can plant the spring bulbs now the Orchard House scaffolding is down

The Italian Terrace

The Italian Terrace is the centrepiece of the lowest level of the Formal Garden. The Loggia is a cast-iron structure, typical of Armstrong's innovations, combining familiar forms and material with a glass roof and sides and an open front.

Enjoy a stroll in the crisp fresh air
The loggia covered in a layer of frost
Enjoy a stroll in the crisp fresh air

Getting ready for spring

If you visit the Formal Garden over the next month or so, you'll find the team planting the spring bedding for next year.

The gardening team are already gearing up for spring
Dug up soil and spades
The gardening team are already gearing up for spring