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A splash of colour amid the North Sea.

A garden design from the last century has just sprung back into colour.

A small walled garden on Holy Island, created in 1911 by famed gardener Gertrude Jekyll, is bursting with blooms, having recently been completely replanted by the National Trust.

And with the sun working its magic for flower fans across the North-East, visitors to the island and its historic attractions are being treated to an abundance of deep crimson sweetpeas, tall hollyhocks, vibrant chrysanthemums and purple-hued globe artichokes.

"The garden is a hidden gem, which most visitors find striking when they first see it," said Catherine Atkinson, the National Trust property manager who cares for the garden, in the shadow of Lindisfarne Castle.

"It's bursting with colour, and it should be a real treat during the whole of August."

Entry to the garden is free, although donations of pounds 1 are welcome.

Visitors to the island are also reminded to check the daily safe crossing times.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2003
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