The Walled Garden

 

The Walled garden

  

The Walled Garden was originally a kitchen garden for the mansion and then a tree nursery before the Lakeland Horticultural Society acquired the site and developed it in the 1980s.

 

The herbaceous borders contain a wide selection of interesting perennials, bulbs and corms.

 

The west-facing border is particularly noted for its herbaceous plants and wall shrubs, like the callistemon that hails from Australia. The north facing border rarely sees the sun in the winter months, yet is full of interest with shade-loving plants and spring flowers, and the long east facing border is one of the glories of Holehird in the summer.

 

 

The Walled Garden

 

 

 

 

 

The central beds are cultivated with an emphasis on colour, and contain both hardy and half-hardy plants, with a large changing collection of dahlias providing vibrant colour until the first autumn frosts.

 

Specimen trees in this area include Prunus serrula with its lovely peeling mahogany bark and the wedding cake tree Cornus controversa 'Variegata'.

 

The patio in the corner by the members' room and library contains the herb beds, fine stone troughs and alpines along the wall edges.

 

A new feature is the Mediterranean bed which includes lavenders, olive and lemon trees. This is a favourite corner for visitors to sit and enjoy the perfumed air.