Holehird Gardens

Home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society

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

  1. Don't be put off by the name 'Winter Border' - this area of the garden looks stunning at the moment.  Highlights include examples of the unusual Edgeworthia chrysantha, including 'Red Dragon' (shown above) and 'Grandiflora'.  These form a delightful contrast with the glossy Camellias (look out for x williamsii 'Anticipation').  At ground level, many varieties of hellebore continue to do well and have been joined by daffodils and pulmonarias to form a colourful and varied tapestry.
  2. You can't miss the daffodil meadow in early April.  A fairly mild winter meant an early start for the native narcissus pseudonarcissus which populate it, and they are still going strong many weeks later. Other varieties of daffodil may be seen throughout Holehird, including in the Walled Garden.
  3. One of the first sights to greet you as you enter the drive up to the Gardens, are early flowering rhododendrons, including a stunning deep red variety.  These are gradually being joined by other varieties which will become the stars of the show in the coming weeks.  For now, look out for the lovely Rhododendron pachysanthum above the alpine houses. 

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