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 also where you will find the trial of autumn-flowering gentians being run by LHS on behalf of the RHS.  Coming into flower just before the gentians, the Paddock also boasts a fine selection of agapanthus under the stone wall - many of these plants originally came to Holehird as part of another trial some years ago. The Paddock also contains the frames and open beds used as a temporary home for plants being grown for use in the Gardens and for sale to the public.