Friday, 21 April 2017

DONT MISS the Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom!

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Whenever I visit The Alnwick Garden, it never ceases to amaze me.  Today, I was able to catch a glimpse of the Japanese Tai Haku Cherry Blossom and you can too if you're quick.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

The head gardener, Trevor Jones, at the Northumberland attraction reckons the trees will have parted with all of their petals by the end of THIS WEEKEND, heading into early next week judging by our beautiful British weather.  That means that if you don't want to miss your chance to see the worlds biggest collection of Tai Haku Cherry Blossom then you'll need to head to The Alnwick Garden, pronto!

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

I visited today after seeing live footage of Alex Beresford presenting the weather forecast and Good Morning Britain filming there this week, organised by one of the best in PR and Media, Claire Barber.

For the occasion, I chose to wear the beautiful Black and Pink Floral Mono Panel Sleeveless Dress from Yours Clothing.  It has a fabulous skater cut that pulls you in at the waist and flares out towards the hem which is flattering, flirty and fun on so many shapes.  Not only that but the dress is incredibly comfortable to wear, not only because of the cut but because of the soft, jersey material too.

The gorgeous floral print was the perfect choice for exploring the Japanese Tai Haku orchard!

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Japanese Tai Haku are a beautiful white cherry blossom that flower for only 3  short weeks.  The Alnwick Garden hold the largest collection of these trees in the entire world, along with the largest collection of double swinging seats.

The vision for the contemporary, ornamental garden came from the Duchess of Northumberland as did the idea for the display of over 300 of the Prunus Tai Haku trees.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

They're easy to find as they can be seen beyond the Owl and The Pussycat on the approach to the gardens.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Once inside, you'll find the extraordinary Tai Haku cherry blossom orchard to the left of the Grand Cascade and up past The Poison Garden.  Spotting them is a doddle as when they bloom, they have beautifully pure large white single flowers on them.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

When the blossoms start to fall, as they did when I visited today, they cover the ground like snow flakes.

However these trees are beautiful to see all year round as they develop a young bronze foliage that turns green and eventually bright red during the autumn months.  They're truly a sight to behold and the great thing about purchasing entry into The Alnwick Garden is that you can have your ticket validated which enables you to return to the garden all year for free so you'll be able to see the Tai Haku during the other seasons too.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Surrounding the trees and beyond are over 60,000 wildflowers and alliums littering the luscious green grass.  There's a footpath that winds through the orchard and although it isn't a particularly tiring stroll, there are plenty of benches to rest.  As well as this, there are countless double swings that would seat two adults and they even have ones with extra panels so that younger children can swing safely.

Yet another reason why I think that The Alnwick Garden is one of the best places to visit in the North East; it is suitable for all the family and there's lots to do and keep your interest at any age.  You can read a couple of other posts about my days out at The Alnwick Garden and catch a glimpse of more areas of the garden from my review in 2015 and in this post from 2014.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Don't forget, if you want to see the Tai Haku blossoms in all their glory then you'll need to head to The Alnwick Garden this weekend.

While you're there, why not sponsor a plot, tree, swing or bench to help to keep the garden alive?  Many people choose to sponsor in memory of a loved one who has passed away and some even sponsor to mark a special occasion, family event, birth or other celebration.

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

Alnwick Garden Tai Haku Cherry Blossom orchard with UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Yours Clothing

As one of the largest visitor attractions in the UK and one of my personal favourites, even if you miss the cherry blossoms, I'd recommend visiting because there's always something new to see.  Click here to see what is in bloom right now!

The Alnwick Garden summer opening times are from 10am to 6pm daily until 31st October 2017 and if you book your tickets online, you can save money too!


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34 comments

  1. What a beautiful setting! It looks so pretty and peaceful and you look gorgeous in your dress! x

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  2. Alnwick Garden is so beautiful and I would love to be able to visit whilst the cherry blossom trees are in bloom. I imagine it is quite a magnificent sight. Gardens like this are always a wonderful place to spend a day.

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  3. I am in complete awe about the view you've got there! I adore being in parks and gardens such as that, and honestly, I can see why you had to write about it. You also look stunning and like a woodland Princess! <3

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  4. It looks gorgeous there. I do love visiting places like that where there is so much green and beautiful flowers it makes a much needed change from all the houses and the odd plant in London.

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  5. The Alnwick Garden looks a lovely place to visit, your photos look beautiful :)

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  6. Love your dress...totally gorg and the place looks amazing too hun :) x

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  7. I love Alnwick gardens and your dress is beautiful!!

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  8. This place looks amazing! The cherry blossoms look absolutely beautiful.

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  9. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Surrounded by all of the beautiful cherry blossoms. These are the days .. are they not? ps: The owl and the pussycat are all sorts of cute .. they made me smile!

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  10. How beautiful!! And you wore the perfect dress for the occasion!

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  11. What stunning photographs! You look so beautiful in that dress honey. I would love to visit Alnwick, not only for the cherry blossom but I would love to give the poison garden a look around. Fascinating stuff!

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  12. Wow, it looks gorgeous here and you look lovely too! Such a shame it's so far away from me :-(

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  13. Wow absolutely beautiful. I wish places like this were closer to me.

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  14. Wow, what a beautiful place! You look amazing in that dress.

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  15. I'm definitely going to go next Spring! We've never seen the orchard in bloom and somehow I forgot all about it this year!

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  16. Beautiful pictures of the scenery and of you! Great job, love it!

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  17. What a lovely place to spend the day. I would LOVE to visit this garden!

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  18. The dress is lovely and i love the location of your photos too! How beautiful. you look amazing Laura!

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  19. I bet that place smells wonderful with all the flowers. I would love relaxing on the swing.

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  20. What a lovely post - your dress looks gorgeous, very fitting for the gardens, which look beautiful with all the blossom x

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  21. What a gorgeous area! I'd love to be here. And your dress is lovely too.

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  22. It seems to be a nice garden. I love the dress you are looking pretty.

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  23. What a lovely garden and thanks for sharing the beautiful cherry blossom pictures. They're so pretty. The black floral dress looks so good on you.

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  24. The Alnwick Garden looks beautiful. I love your dress! you look so pretty.

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  25. What a beautiful location! I want to go exploring in the poison garden! You look beautiful in that dress :)

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  26. So gorgeous!!! It's not anywhere nearby for my family, I'm afraid... but I'd love to visit one day! This would easily make it on my list of locations to see when we visit the UK someday.

    p.s. You look very lovely, by the way :)!

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  27. Wow this garden is beautiful. A lovely place for pre-wedding shoot or just a nice backdrop on your summer photos. PS. Love your dress too!

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  28. Your dress looks so good on you! I love the bold, floral prints. The place you had your photo shoot looks amazing too. If I were to be able to visit that garden, I would sponsor a tree for more people to enjoy the Alnwick gardens for years and years to come.

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  29. I am just loving your dress! It looks amazing on you. This looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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  30. What a beautiful place to visit. And I love the dress! It looks great on you. I need one!

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  31. It would be amazing to see this in person. I love going to gardens and seeing all the different flowers and plants! It makes you appreciate nature more. --Marceline Dementori

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  32. What a gorgeous garden! I love nature and you are smack dad in the middle of it!Lovely is an understatement!

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  33. This is such a beautiful place so peaceful. I love the swing and would love to visit.

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  34. Cherry Blossoms are so pretty. We have a lot around here but I wish they would last longer than they do.

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