The project of garden began in behavior Jane Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, has become one of the most ambitious public gardens created in Europe since World War II. It,s has gathered many admirers, but more than a few critics as well, which challenged the populist bent of the design and the money needed to build it. Its overall budget now stands at 70 million pounds ($ 140,000,000). The Duchess hired a Belgian landscape architect Jacques Wirtz, considered by some the modern equivalent in the Versailles park designer.
One of the such feature Alnwick garden is a rose garden having 3,000 roses in 180 varieties. And then The Poison Garden is a spooky fenced-off area with about 100 varieties of toxic plants, as well as marijuana and opium poppy.
A $7 million treehouse was built in the middle of 17 lime trees, with an education center, a restaurant that seats 80 people and thousands of square feet of suspended walkways.[VIA]
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