After restoration work had been completed on the original entrance hall of Howick Hall we created a Visitor Centre where detailed information about Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum is displayed.
Colin Williams from Williams Design Associates in Corbridge has designed the Visitor Centre and all the interpretation panels which tell the story of how the gardens and arboretum have gently evolved through generations of passionate gardeners and plantsmen. The displays include some fascinating history about family members’ contributions to the gardens; interesting facts about unusual trees and plants growing at Howick; and tales from plant hunting expeditions abroad.
The centrepiece is a beautifully hand-drawn illustrative map depicting the key features of Howick Estate. This was created by Sarah Farooqi and prints and greetings cards of sections of the map are available to buy from the Admission Kiosk. You can find out more about Sarah’s work by visiting her website at www.sarahfarooqi.co.uk
Not to be missed – just next to the Earl Grey Tea House.