Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.
To make sure none of his 15 children were afraid of the dark, Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, made each of them walk to the sea by moonlight at the first full moon after their 10th birthday. Their mission to bring their father a flower of ‘Grass of Parnassus’, which only grows in one spot in the dunes at Howick Haven.
Follow their trail through the arboretum or take the family explorer challenge looking out for a host of wildlife including red squirrels, heron, swans and ducks. The new visitor centre displays fascinating history about family members who have contributed to the garden and tales from plant hunting expeditions abroad.
Howick is also the birth place of Earl Grey tea – it was blended specially by a visiting Chinese mandarin using bergamot to suit the water at Howick. A visit to the elegant Earl Grey Tea House is not to be missed.
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