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Holehird Gardens

Posted on 11th March 2017 by CE Team

Holehird Gardens, Windermere Flickr photo by Andy Hay shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Holehird Gardens is a beautiful 10-acre space in Windermere. It is a wonderful chance to see a huge range of different flora in bloom and there are many plants which have been selected specifically because of the prime location offered in the Lakes. Holehird Gardens is the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society and has a wide range of different gardens to explore.

Largest is the rock and heather gardens with alpine houses too. There is also a beautiful walled garden which has been voted as one of the nation’s favourite gardens in its time. It’s only since 1969 that the Lakeland Horticultural Society have been dedicated to restoring the beauty of the gardens and it is a beautiful way to spend a day out in Windermere.

The original house at Holdhird was built in the 1860s and the gardens were landscaped later in the 19th century. The house itself is not open to the public but the gardens are, under the management of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. For many years, before the 1960s, the gardens were left to ruin but the Lakeland Horticultural Society has brought them back to their best. The Lakeland Horticultural Society now holds four National Collections: Astilbe, Meconopsis, Daboecia and Polystichum Ferns.

As you explore you will see many signs and information sources highlighting everything from climate to soils to plant trials the society are working on. There is also a plant sales area so keen gardeners can take home a piece of this beautiful garden.

Visitor Amenities

Whenever you visit the gardens you will be able to explore at your leisure across the various areas. There are also guided walks for small parties organised on set dates from Easter through until October so it is worth contacting the gardens in advance if you are interested in a more in-depth tour of the grounds.

Volunteer wardens man the Visitor Information Centre throughout opening hours and of course, you will see many passionate gardeners at work as you explore. The gardens are not far from central Windermere so food and drinks facilities are limited to a hot drinks dispenser and chilled water.

Popping down to Holehird Gardens for a relaxing walk and the chance to see some truly beautiful plant life is no problem if you are staying in Windermere. You can visit at your leisure and you will surely meet some of the many members of the Lakeland Horticultural Society during your visit.