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WHALTON MANOR GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Whalton
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 3UT

5 miles from Morpeth, 17 Miles from Newcastle upon Tyne.

3 acres

Tel
07881 938080

Visit website

Opening Hours

Wed, 5 Apr–25 Oct. Please see website for opening times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • DIY Refreshments
  • Free carer entry
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales

Features

  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border

About the garden

Owned by
Petre Norton

Designed By
Gertrude Jekyll

Originally designed by Edwin Lutyens with planting influenced by Gertrude Jekyll, this romantic 1.2ha (3 acre) walled garden features terraces and stone summer houses. There is also a vegetable garden, a shrubbery and an additional area of woodland, which is especially beautiful during the bluebell season, and opened to the public for the first time in 2021.

The main seasons of interest are late spring and summer since the planting is mainly herbaceous. However, the garden and beautiful stone-built manor house, surrounded by rolling countryside, continue to charm throughout the seasons. Spring awakens the borders packed with bulbs and the colourful shrubbery, which was planted about 20 years ago. Hundreds of roses bloom from early June until December, some in formal beds but most are part of the herbaceous borders. All the borders have their own special characteristics and include peonies, nepeta, iris and shrub rose borders.

There are several plants of note including the magnificent wisteria and huge magnolia to each side of the Lutyens’ entrance arch, thought to have been planted, as suggested, by Gertude Jekyll more than 100 years ago. Although links to Gertrude Jekyll’s historic planting remain, the garden continues to evolve. 

Plants of special interest

  • Fruit blossom
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Roses
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.