One of the most celebrated gardeners of modern times, Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932), laid out a tiny garden just north of the castle in 1911. The castle, garden and nearby lime kilns are in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors.Turner, Thomas Girtin and Charles Rennie Mackintosh all painted on Holy Island.
skim over the sands and causeway to holy island and prepare to enter another world. lying just a few miles off the northumberland coast, holy island is cut
off twice-daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides. Both an
island and a picturesque village, holy island carries a wealth of
history within its tidal walls.
A garden must combine the poetic and be mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. Luis Barragan
Gertrude Jekyll created this garden in
1911 and it still creates wonderful color and scent every year.
The garden occupies the site of a vegetable patch which once provided
the soldiers in the Castle with food. Gertrude’s combination of hardy
annuals, colouful perennials and heritage vegetables provide a riot of
color in the summer and a leafy, sheltered oasis all year round.