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The Lakeland Horticultural Society exists to promote the art, science and practice of horticulture, with particular reference to conditions in the Lake District.

We are fortunate that Holehird Gardens (which we lease from the Holehird Trust) provide a beautiful setting in which to carry out our work.  The gardens are open to the public at all times and we are delighted to welcome an increasing number of visitors each year.


GardenerAll the society's activities are undertaken entirely by members on a voluntary basis.  This means that the emphasis is continuously adjusted by the current skills and enthusiasms of these members.


Around 200 active members out of a total membership of about 1600 provide the core of our workforce, while a significant proportion of members live further afield and may only be able to visit the gardens when on holiday.  We welcome their involvement at all levels and are always interested in new contributions and new ideas.


Apart from developing and maintaining the gardens and running educational lectures and courses, members run a specialist library, maintain an extensive photographic and documentary archive, publish a full-colour garden guide, journals and newsletters, operate a Met. Office approved weather station and provide a wardening service to assist visitors to the gardens.


From Easter until October we have plants for sale at the Gardens.  Most of these have been propagated by our gardeners and reared in our greenhouses and nursery beds.


The society has initiated and continues to maintain four National Plant Collections -  Astilbe, Meconopsis, Daboecia, and Polystichum.  We have a computerised plant database, which provides the foundation for an extensive plant labelling system across the garden.


Featured in many prestigious garden magazines, The Lakeland Horticultural Society's 12 acres above Windermere is truly a garden for all seasons.  In a superb Lakeland setting, Holehird Gardens are reputed to be among the finest in England and are unique in being maintained entirely by volunteers and supported by voluntary donations.



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