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    Default The Duchess and the Garden

    A project that started at the whim of Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, has become one of the most ambitious public gardens created in Europe since World War II.







    The duchess hired Jacques Wirtz, a Belgian landscape architect considered by some the modern equivalent of the designer of the gardens at Versailles. His design included a Serpent Garden with swirling yew hedges and eight stainless steel water sculptures by William Pye, an English sculptor.



    Alnwick Castle, her husband's ancestral home, played the role of Hogwarts School in the first two Harry Potter movies. Tourism to the castle, and to the gardens, has increased because of the popularity of the films.






    The Poison Garden is a spooky fenced-off area with about 100 varieties of toxic plants, as well as cannabis and opium poppies.





    A $7 million treehouse was built amid 17 lime trees, with an education center, a restaurant that seats 80 people and thousands of square feet of suspended walkways.





    The Duchess and the Garden - The New York Times > Home & Garden > Slide Show > Slide 14 of 14

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    Stunning!

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    I would love to go there.

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    Beautiful. One thing you can always say, the English know how to do gardens.
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    That they do. I wonder if the Harry Potter gig payed for all of that.

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    It's gorgeous. I could spend all day in that covered walkway.

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    I want to go there right this minute! Such beauty and peace. I bet the air quality is world class!
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    Exquisite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valley Doll View Post
    It's gorgeous. I could spend all day in that covered walkway.
    It looks beautiful, but when ever I walk through one of those I keep waiting for a bug to fall on my head. Sissinghurst Castle has one of these with Laburnum trees trained over the arches with big 'grape clusters' of yellow flowers underplanted with masses of purple Allium Giganteum which all bloom at the same time. Really stunning.

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    Heaven.

    I want to draw and journal in that place.

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    wow just amazing. i love all of the green!
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