This pretty garden is easily overlooked, but well worth a visit. Its design is inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, the world-famous illuminated 8th century manuscript produced in the monastery on the island. The garden’s theme is “darkness into light.”
The story behind this garden is that in 2003, Newcastle Council’s Head of parks & and gardens, Stan Timmins, entered this design into Chelsea Flower Show, winning a Silver Medal for it. He then approached the island’s Development Trust with the idea of replicating the design here, in the original home of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Funding was achieved through a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the garden was then officially opened in September 2004 by Lady Rose Crossman.
A picture of the original flower show entry is here.
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