Holehird Gardens

Home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society

Holehird Gardens in November: 3 things to look out for when you visit:

  1. The backdrop is changing daily at Holehird.  Some trees have already lost most of their foliage, now contributing to the colourful carpet underfoot.  Others are still showing their startling autumn colours, like this golden Acer palmatum 'Seiryu', planted alongside the cascade.  Look beyond Holehird to the surrounding hillside for even more reminders of why autumn is a good time to visit the Lake District.
  2. Trees are the stars of the autumn show but look more closely and all over the Gardens you will see many other plants performing beyond expectations for this time of year.  Many roses are still in bloom.  2 contrasting examples to look out for are the pink shrub rose 'Wildeve' in the main rose bed, and the red climbing hybrid tea 'Dizzy Heights' in the Walled Garden.  Even more surprising are the occasional rhododendron and primula which have come back into flower.
  3. The central display in the Walled Garden Display House has recently been changed and now highlights succulent plants.  Look out for Aeonium canariensis and Euphorbia cristata among many interesting examples.  After a full year of gardening in the new Display House, we have learned a lot about which plants adapt best to the environment.  We have added shading and changed the watering regime to accommodate those plants.  As gardeners, we never stop learning!

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