Stunning gardens to open

The gardens at Fallodon Hall will be opening on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.
The gardens at Fallodon Hall will be opening on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.

Gardens at the birthplace of one of the North East’s most famous sons will be open to the public later this month.

The grounds of Fallodon Hall, where 19th century Prime Minister Charles Grey was born, will welcome visitors in aid of a number of good causes.

On Saturday, June 27, the doors will open as part of the National Garden Scheme, which raises funds for charities such as Macmillan and Marie Curie.

Money raised from the sale of teas at the event will be donated to Embleton Church.

Then, on Sunday, June 28, Fallodon will open in aid of the Red Cross.

Money raised from the sale of the teas will go to the Grange Care Home, in Rennington.

A private garden, not usually open, it encompasses a very old kitchen garden which now has borders of cutting flowers, vegetables and fruit.

There is also a bog garden, a herbaceous sunk garden, a 30metre flower and shrub border, the millennium arboretum, a cold fruit greenhouse and a hot greenhouse, plus some wonderful specimen trees.

In the recently-cleared beech wood, there is a fairy door hidden in the roots of one of beech trees, for children to find and open.

There will also be plants for sale, while a 100-year-old dolls’ house, made by Fallodon owner Mark Bridgeman’s American great grandmother, will be on display.

Some of the pieces of furniture in the dolls’ house are made by her and there is also a grand piano with a musical box interior.

The home-made teas are very well known at the Fallodon garden openings.

The Northumberland Tea Company is donating its tea this year.