Modern Versailles: An Ambitious English Garden

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The Duchess of Northumberland is creating an ambitious public garden on her husband’s ancestral home in Alnwick, England. Marrying a modern style garden with what remains of the original 18th-century design, the duchess is hoping to revitalize tourism in the area and is having some success with features like the Poison Garden and Bamboo Labyrinth

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We’re in love with the idea of a Poison Garden! The grand plan for the immense estate garden was designed by Jacques Wirtz, a Belgian landscape architect. Alnwick Castle appeared in the first two Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts!

A fascinating story, read all about it in The New York Times: The Versailles of the North. Be sure to check out all the pictures in the accompanying slideshow!

Images: Derry Moore for The New York Times

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