Castle garden

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Lindisfarne, England

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Gertrude Jekyll's garden Aug 21, 2012
A short distance north of the castle, across a field, is a small walled garden. This was formerly the site of a vegetable patch which provided the soldiers with food. When Lutyens was commissioned to convert the castle to family home, he brought in his friend Gertrude Jekyll to design a new garden. Although originally she intended this to be a vegetable garden like its forebear, she later changed her plans to create instead a flower garden, and it is these plans that the National Trust gardeners still follow and plant to today.

Because this was a holiday home for Edward Hudson and his family, the garden is designed to be especially colourful in July and August. When we visited in late August it was a riot of colour, and all the more striking for its location on this fairly bleak, rocky island.

Admission to the garden is included in the price of the visit to the castle. If you want to visit the garden alone, there’s a fee of £1.50, collected through an honesty box at the garden gate. You can in fact see quite a lot by just looking over the low walls, but it’s better to support the work of the National Trust by making the payment just the same.
Lindisfarne Castle garden
Lindisfarne Castle garden
Lindisfarne Castle garden
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