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