How a $86 million garden looks like

Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, started a project that became one of the most ambitious public gardens created in Europe since World War II.

Only two thirds of the project, has been built so far, at a cost of about $86 million, most of which came from public financing and private donations.

Jacques Wirtz, a Belgian landscape architect is considered by some the modern equivalent of the designer of the gardens at Versailles.

He was hired by the duchess to design some parts of the garden.




T he Duchess of Northumberland



Alnwick Castle played the role of Hogwarts School in the first two Harry Potter movies.


During its first year of opening, the garden had 250,000 visitors, and by last year the number reached 625,000.


One of the attractions is a Rose Garden containing 3,000 roses from 180 varieties.



The Poison Garden is a restricted area with about 100 varieties of toxic plants, as well as cannabis and opium .



This tree house costed $7 million and was built amid 17 lime trees. It has an education center, a restaurant that can serve up to 80 people and a lot of

suspended walkways.


The duchess still has to raise $60 million to complete the third phase of the project.


I wonder how nice and calm it would be to walk in this garden…

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39 Responses to “How a $86 million garden looks like”

  1. required says:

    That’s nice. It’s no Longwood Gardens, but it’s nice.

  2. The Internet says:

    It should be:
    - “what” an $86 million dollar garden looks like
    - “responded” to this post rather than “responsed”
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    Otherwise this post is fantastic!

  3. pizi says:

    Opium is not plant. Opium is from poppy.

  4. Brian says:

    Required… I’ve been to Longwood Gardens many times as I live a mere 20 minutes from it, and I must agree, for probably half the price it’s 10x as nice.

  5. rhiesa says:

    Wow, an 86mil front for a grow op ^_^

    Definitely going to change my vacation plans, this place looks beautiful

  6. Wow. Renting out your house for movies must be profitable. But if you have to spend to excess, spending it on a public garden is a good thing. Kudos!

  7. sarah says:

    the flowers in the ‘rose garden’ pic are actually peonies

  8. Rob says:

    Worst title and use of English in a title ever

  9. hitman357 says:

    Man, I gotta get in that poison garden.

  10. Aliyah366891 says:

    is it just me, or is almost everyone that posted above me total assholes?
    Anyway, I think it looks beautiful, great dedication to work ethic in this garden.

  11. Garth says:

    Longwood Gardens is where it’s at. Best thing ever made by DuPont.

  12. Rob says:

    hmmmm its beautiful but it doesn’t look 86million dollars worth beautiful?? what was the money used for? everythink in these photos look like something you would see anywhere…

  13. Aliyah, when your blog consists of a few photos and very few words, you owe it to your readers to get the words right. Peonies are not roses. “Costed” is not the same as “cost”. I found this via Stumble Upon but I can’t recommend it to others because the suggest changes (all correct) have not been implemented. What the previous posters offered, and what I am offering, is known as constructive criticism. Each of the noted changes would improve the blog. Fawning over mediocre work does not help the author OR his readers.

  14. Priscilla says:

    “The Poison Garden is a restricted area with about 100 varieties of toxic plants, as well as cannabis and opium.”

    umm cannabis is neither poisonous or toxic

    • Troobee says:

      >>The Poison Garden is a restricted area with about 100 varieties of toxic plants, as well as cannabis and opium .<<

      Please re-read the sentence; what you are critiquing doesn't exist. ."…as well as…"

      Just sayin'.

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