Wynyard Hall gardens, described as the ‘biggest rose garden in Britain’ opens today (August 4, 2015) in Durham UK. Created by developer Sir John Hall and designed by Alistair Baldwin, the gardens look set to become a major tourist attraction of north-eastern England.
Planted with over 3,000 roses of 140 different David Austen-bred varieties, the 7,200 square metre (1¾ acre) walled garden also features many other plants. Verbascum, aquilegia, salvia, echinacea and helenium support and enhance the rose display throughout the summer season, succulents and ornamental grasses like Calamagrostis come in to their own as the weather cools in autumn, plus there are bulb plantings for spring.
Designer Alistair Baldwin says:
I wanted to create a rose garden for the 21st century, in which this most quintessentially English flower is intermingled with swathes of flowing plants from around the world.
The layout owes much to Persian garden design style, with raised beds of galvanised steel (set to weather to a dull lead-tone) in a geometric grid pattern formed by gravel paths and water rills. Within the grids, roses are colour coded to create a gentle gradation of colour as you move through the garden.
Sir John Hall grew up in the mining town of Ashington, and fell in love with roses as a child when he was allocated a small area of the family garden as his own.
The Wynyard Hall gardens are open 10am – 5.30pm every day. Admission Adults £5, children 5-12 years £2.00 and under 5 free). The gardens are wheelchair accessible and also offer braille signage.