The Upper Garden

The Upper Garden is the most diverse area of Holehird Gardens.  It occupies the full width of the Gardens, across the slopes of the fellside, with the upper parts accessible by bark and stone paths which are steep in places.  Here you will find the rhododendron and magnolia beds, as well as the autumn and winter borders.  Rose beds and ornamental grasses can be found closer to the tarmac drive.

The large Rock Garden was the first area to be developed by the Lakeland Horticultural Society when we came to Holehird in 1969.  Nearby you will find the alpine and tufa houses, providing an opportunity for a close-up look at alpines.

The Upper Garden is also home to our four national collections - the national collections of astilbe, daboecia and polystichum each have their own location within or close to the fellside area, chosen according to the conditions they require, while the national collection of meconopsis can be seen growing in trial beds in the Paddock.

The Paddock is always worth a visit for here you will find plants being trialled to determine their suitability for growing in Lakeland conditions, as well as the frames and open beds which are temporary home to plants being grown for use in the Gardens and for sale to the public.