Birkheads Secret Gardens
We’re open from Wed 21st for the 2018 season & we’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
I’m amazed today that the sun has come out and the Snowdrops & Crocuses are flowering all around the gardens just as though the recent deep snow didn’t happen! The flowering period has extended with more flowers every day so if you missed the snowdrop events, come this week they’re better than ever! If you haven’t been here at Snowdrop time, we’re not on the scale of a country park like Howick more a Snowdrop Collection of unusual and different snowdrops grown in the gardens, with a display of labelled snowdrops for you to see the differences. We also have some for sale.
Our BIG news is that we’re now a Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden – there are only about 200 RHS Partner Gardens in the UK & Overseas so we’re very pleased to be chosen. RHS members check details in your members handbook.
The Secret Gardens were created by the present owners Christine & Mike Liddle. The three acre garden, situated in rural Gateshead between Beamish Open Air Museum & Tanfield Steam Railway, comprises of a series of inspirational gardens displaying a wide variety of hardy plants to provide colour, scent etc. to suit the diverse conditions found here. No garden ticket is necessary to visit the coffee shop, gift shop or nursery sales area so call in for coffee and browse our huge range of hardy garden plants grown 650 ft above sea level. Sorry, no dogs allowed in our open plan coffee shop, but plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pet with orders brought to your table. Groups welcome – please read our ‘Groups’ page if you are more than 16 members.
You can enjoy the gardens, enjoy the views & look for inspiration.
Unwind with a drink and a bite to eat on the terrace or on cooler days stay inside the cosy coffee shop with its wood burning stove. There are sweet and savoury delights to tempt all customers with seasonal, locally sourced food where possible; snacks & light lunches, delicious cakes with speciality teas & coffees.