The Alnwick Garden does have flowers – there’s a secluded rose garden and a walled garden with luxuriant herbaceous borders – but the hedges take centre stage.  This is not a typically English, stately home garden where hedges divide garden ‘rooms’ and providing a backdrop to floral displays. In designing the Alnwick Garden the Belgian landscape architect Jacques Wirtz used hedges and trained trees as green sculpture, or even architecture. Yew and beech hedges and hornbeam tunnels, clipped and trained with impressive precision, contrast with the natural forms of free growing trees, including many grand, old trees that long predate the current garden. The curving lines of hedges, paths and water channels encourage exploration.  What’s round the next corner or through that dark archway?

 

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