Unhinged and quirky – a new troupe of inhabitants have moved in to The Alnwick Garden.
Known as The Garden Bunch, this eclectic ensemble of other-worldly individuals will be bustling around specific spots of the attraction, keen to interact with visitors.
Among the cast is Box, the socially inept professor.
Charged by his love for the fundamentals of logic, geometry and symmetry, he will play gatekeeper to the Ornamental Garden.
Box will be keen to enlist the help of visitors in his pursuit of pruned perfection.
Prickly in nature, Thorn, the love-scorned lover of Petal, dwells in the beauty of the Rose Garden.
A self-inflicted exile, he surrounds himself with the riotous colour and scents of more than 3,000 David Austin roses, pining for his beloved Petal – a sassy seductress – who has since wandered beyond these boundaries.
Visitors are invited to see if they can hush Thorn’s laments or tame Petal’s intrigue long enough to discover what happened to these lost lovers.
Hidden in the topiary coils of the Serpent Garden comes a force of nature in the form of the dynamic HDuo.
The Garden’s most excitable pairing, HDuo are bubbling with enthusiasm and always up for japes, jokes and mischief.
Join them for a tug-of-war across the dramatic backdrop of the Grand Cascade, or be mesmerised as HDuo mirror each other’s actions as they play among the water sculptures.
Diggers & Potts, a bumbling pairing, can be found roaming the grounds looking to handle the simplest of garden tasks but causing more problems than they solve along the way.
They are easily distracted by visitors and always jump at the chance for some idle play.
Last but not least, nestled among the largest tai haku cherry orchard in the UK, the poet Sir Liloquay can be found tweeting haikus throughout the day. Join him on the peaceful slope of the orchard to relax and breathe in the magnificent views from across the Garden landscapes.
The Garden is open 10am to 6pm daily. The Garden Bunch will perform every day until mid-September. Normal admission prices apply.
Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for more information.