Spring in Alnwick Garden- The Cherry Orchard,
PUBLISHED: 14:10 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:54 20 February 2013
Spring, the season of new beginnings and growth, is always an exciting time in The Alnwick Garden. And this spring promises to be the most exciting yet.<br/><br/>The Alnwick Garden's newest feature, the Cherry Orchard, is planted...
Spring, the season of new beginnings and growth, is always an exciting time in The Alnwick Garden. And this spring promises to be the most exciting yet.
The Alnwick Garden's newest feature, the Cherry Orchard, is planted on a peaceful slope surrounded by ancient trees. The orchard is home to 350 Japanese Taihaku, which each spring blossom with huge, white flowers known for their beauty. The Garden's Cherry Orchard is the only place where you can see so many of these beautiful trees together and, at blossom time, the sight of clouds of flowers which then fall like snow drifts on the ground will be wonderful. Before the cherry blossom arrives, spring flowers begin in February with blue crocus, and highly scented daffodils, before tulips in the deepest purple, chionodoxa, scilla, white anemone and pink camelias bloom. Following the cherries, the pink and white blossoms of the Ornamental Garden's pleached crab apples create a lacework of petals overhead. In the Orchard, azaleas flower in strong shades of yellow and orange. Spring is the time to get outdoors and do some gardening. As part of the Garden's Roots and Shoots programme, there are demonstrations on flower arranging, propagation and container planting. The whole family can meet the gardeners in the teaching garden for a day of planting seeds to take home and grow. Visitors can either take a spring tour with the gardening team or join head gardener, Trevor Jones, for a course in planning their own gardens.
To find out more about what's on this spring in the Alnwick Garden, log on to www.alnwickgarden.com, and sign in to the forum to chat to other gardeners, ask questions, help others and share experiences.