We are very grateful to our friends in Amble, Alnwick, Ashington, and Wooler Camera clubs for allowing us to use their images.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a virtual tour of some of the most stunning private gardens in North Northumberland who kindly open their gardens and donate all the proceeds to HospiceCare. We look forward to seeing you in 2021. HospiceCare Fundraising Team
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Glanton Pyke Filmed June 2020
Our former Chairman of Trustees, John Swanson, and his wife, Claire, have enjoyed organising their popular Open Garden event. Glanton Pyke, set in a magnificent location with stunning views to the Cheviots and over the picturesque Whittingham Vale.
Visitors experienced a visual feast, as they toured the estate exploring gardens which boast a huge and interesting variety of plants, trees, and shrubs. Sitting alongside are working greenhouses, a maze, the quarry, and Italian gardens. As well as being able to enjoy the formal gardens, visitors have also enjoyed wandering through the woods, paddocks, and Kate’s meadow.
Lilburn Tower, Alnwick (2011-present)
This English garden, in all its glory, is owned by the Davidson Family. Lilburn stands above the River Till and is a mixture of historical garden features and innovative modern design. Gloriously colourful, the staging is packed with tender plants and their scent fills the air. The scent of beautiful ‘Hidcote’ lavender and tumbling white rambling roses can be taken in while walking among the terraces. The Victorian Conservatory, a large glasshouse with vines, and the walled produce garden are still in use for growing fruit and vegetables. A stroll along the picturesque woodland walk
takes visitors to the lovely Pond Garden. In fact, there are 30 acres of woodland to wander in, leading past the ruins of a defensive Pele Tower and a C15th church.
Mindrum House, Cornhill-on-Tweed (2010-present)
Home to the Fairfax Family, Mindrum Garden is a hidden gem on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, where the Bowmont Water emerges and skirts the Tweed Valley. First designed in the late 19th Century, and extended in the 1920s it has now evolved into a series of intricate gardens - a magical combination of wonderfully scented old fashioned roses, violas, hardy perennials, mature shrubs, trees, lawns, and water. The limestone rock garden boasts a range of ponds, waterfalls, and runnels, and at its peak in summer, is surrounded by ferns, rambling roses, and herbaceous borders. The garden is full of tranquil corners and peaceful water running into the Bowmont Water. Wildflowers, rocket, and bluebells flank the river downstream.
Whitton & Crookham
Whitton Gardens, Rothbury (2016, 2017, 2018)
The historic hamlet of Whitton is the site of twenty English Heritage listings including two Pele towers, a Bastle House and an ancient tower monument. Although the Hamlet was originally chosen for its easy defence the exposed sandstone outcrop is now protected by a wide range of mature trees. The hamlet is surrounded by open fields which gives the impression of being on an island. Whitton lies at over 1200 feet and is home to a wide variety of plants including many of Himalayan origin. Our garden visitors have enjoyed the modern delights of Whitton, with its range of interesting and varied gardens, including a woodland garden and a cottage garden containing some exceptional plants.
Crookham Gardens (2019)
In 2019 many of the gardens within Crookham village took part in our Open Garden day. Visitors enjoyed viewing a wide range of sizes and styles, many with magnificent views across the countryside and Cheviot Hills. Originally called ‘Crucum’, the village is part of the Ford and Etal Estates and is close to the site of the ‘Battle of Flodden Field’ in 1513. The United Reform Church in the village offers reflection on this historical battle as host to the Flodden Peace Garden.
Hedgeley Hall, Powburn
“We are so glad to be part of the Open Gardens scheme set up by HospiceCare as a way of supporting the wonderful work done by the whole team in North Northumberland. We are particularly pleased to be able to donate the money raised on our Garden Open day to such a worthwhile organisation that provides invaluable help to our local community.” Katie and John Carr-Ellison, June 2020
Owned by the Carr-Ellison Family, Hedgeley Hall dates from the 17th century and was much enlarged in the late 18th and early 20th centuries.
The garden is noted for its fine rhododendrons with some huge examples dating from the 19th century. The Woodland Walks also have some of the oldest sequoias in the country and other plantings of exotic trees. There are traditional herbaceous borders, a paved garden, the sunken garden and, throughout June, a magnificent display of roses covering the beautiful old garden walls. Many of these photos were taken on the 31st May – the actual Open Garden event day in 2019. (Photos courtesy of Mrs K Carr-Ellison and Margaret Whittaker)
Etal, Shawdon, Blagdon & The Friary Compilation
Etal Manor, Ford (2012, 2015, 2018)
Home to our Patron, Lady Joicey, and her family, Etal is essentially a woodland garden with a stream running through it. It is planted with Acers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas, as well as many other species resulting in a stunning display of colour in Autumn.
In 2014, fresh from university and with a passion for Shakespeare, 4 young male actors cycled from London to Etal Manor with all their props. On a spectacular summers’ evening, in front of an audience of circa 300 people spread across the lawn at Etal, these actors, calling themselves ‘The Handlebards’, gave their first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in North Northumberland, and thus cementing our wonderful partnership with them ever since.
Shawdon Hall, Glanton 2008-2015
Major Cowen (1924 - 2016)
Major Cowen and his staff were wonderful supporters of HospiceCare’s Open Gardens. The impressive private gardens, abundant with colour and with a woodland walk, pond and walled kitchen garden, opened exclusively just once a year for HospiceCare. Major Cowen was a wonderful host who enjoyed meeting garden visitors and sharing his passions for art and country life.
Blagdon Hall, Seaton Burn
Owned by Lord Ridley, Blagdon Estate has been owned and run by the same family since 1700 and retains a historical atmosphere. Wander along meandering paths to the beautiful lakes and follies including features designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. There is a charming quarry garden containing unusual plants from all over the world. Over 20 Classic Cars attend our Open Garden day for visitors, lining up against the backdrop of the Hall.
The Friary, Alnmouth
Alnmouth Friary is home to The Brothers of The Society of Saint Francis. The Friary is a beautiful house set on a hill overlooking the sea. It was built in the early 20th Century as a private dwelling and has been occupied by the Brothers since 1961, ministering to visitors and guests. The house is situated in its own beautiful gardens which contain several terraces featuring roses, fuchsias and many herbaceous borders. The stunning views out to Alnmouth Bay and Coquet Island from the upper viewpoint are not to be missed.