Holehird Gardens

Home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society

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

  1. Many trees throughout the Gardens are still heavily laden with berries.  A specimen of Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia' near the winter bed is worth seeking out for its abundant crop of bright red berries, while the holly bed, close to the viewpoint, has a lovely yellow-berried Ilex aquifolium 'Bacciflava' among its treasures.
  2. The National Collection of Polystichum provides plenty of interest at this time of year.  While other plants are dying back, these wintergreen ferns maintain their colour and form throughout the winter, right until the new fronds unfurl in spring.
  3. This is the first winter for the new Walled Garden Display House. It provides a showcase for plants which need more temperate conditions than a Lake District winter usually offers.  Alongside the more permanent displays, the central bench currently contains a fine array of succulents which definitely would not thrive outdoors.

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