Duchess of Northumberland

Listen to Gardening Women on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

Hope everyone enjoyed Woman's Hour's Bank Holiday special on gardening women of all sorts today. Jane, Duchess of Northumberland was so impressive on her mission to transform the bleak land around Alnwick Castle. I can't wait to devote an area of my garden to night-time plantings inspired by Marylynn Abbott and Anne Jennings. Hear how Phyllis Reiss created those magical beds at Tintinhull. And, of course, it was great to be able to talk about those inspiring early women gardeners at Kew known as the 'Kewties' and 'Kewriousities' - not my puns!

If you missed it, you can listen to it online by following this link:

Woman's Hour Special on Gardening Women

One million tulips at Alnwick Castle

You may be surprised to see a link to the Financial Times' Business Diary here on Gardening Women but it's a piece on Jane, Duchess of Northumberland, who does appear in the book. The garden that she has created at Alnwick has been controversial but it has helped push Alnwick up near the top of the most visited (and enjoyed!) gardens in the UK. The Duchess has had planted 350 Tai Haku Japanese cherry trees with one million, yes, that's not a misprint, one million pink tulips below - and they are just about to bloom.

Have you been there? What did you think of the garden? Is it one of the UK's great gardens? Do let me know your thoughts on it...

Financial Times Business Diary Tuesday May 4 2010 - Duchess of Northumberland, Alnwick