Holehird Gardens

Home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society

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

  1. Spring is slow to arrive this year so the late flowering of the winter bed comes as no surprise.  Among the many and varied hellebores, look out for the contrasting forms of H. torquatus and H. 'Anna's Red'.  Nearby you will find Edgeworthia 'Red Dragon',  an unusual shrub with its clusters of red and orange tubular flowers.
  2. Daffodils and crocuses are still flourishing throughout the Gardens.  The small grassy mound close to the car park has them growing together in a delightful display.  To be followed later in the month, we hope, by later flowering bulbs including fritillerias.  The adjacent bench is a convenient spot from which to admire the view across to the sometimes snow-covered distant fells.
  3. The walled garden will come into its fully glory later in the season but the south east corner repays a visit in April.  More hellebores and spring bulbs, interspersed with ferns and other damp-loving plants, all offset by the small stream which runs underneath the walled garden from here, makes for an abundant and joyous display, whatever the weather.

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