This is a free, public lecture, open to LHS members and visitors alike.
2pm, Saturday 27 November 2021
Marchesi Centre, Holly Road, off Ellerthwaite Road, Windermere, LA23 2AF
After decades of emphasis on pest control, often achieved through chemical means, gardeners around the world are beginning to come around to a new or, really, old way of thinking: a garden whose very diversity of plant and animal life makes it healthy, beautiful and productive. Val Bourne - award-winning garden writer, lecturer and organic gardener - introduces both new and experienced gardeners to the diversity of birds, animals, insects and even slugs that bring a natural balance and help its plants and flowers shrug off problems before they become entrenched.
We are very happy to be able to welcome visitors once more to Holehird Gardens. Continuing restrictions, however, mean that we are still unable to offer some of the services our visitors might expect. For the time being, we are unable to reopen Visitor Reception, so hot drinks and publications are not available for purchase, and there are no volunteer wardens on duty to assist visitors. The free Wednesday garden tours have also had to be suspended for now. However, Holehird-grown plants are available for sale as usual and new display boards have been installed to provide more information about the gardens and the Lakeland Horticultural Society.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Holehird Gardens. We ask all visitors to make a donation of £5 to help with the upkeep of the garden and this, as usual, may be deposited in the collection boxes situated in the car park (close to the sign board) and outside Visitor Reception. Your donations are appreciated more than ever at this time.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the LHS, our volunteer gardeners were asked to select their favourite plants amongst all those to be found at Holehird. Their 50 favourites are shown in this book. The book is illustrated with photographs taken at Holehird by our volunteers and the description of each plant includes growing information. Gold labels mark the “Gardeners’ Choice” in the garden. Many of the plants have also been grown for sale at Holehird - look out for same gold label on the pots in the plant sales area.
The LHS has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. This public recognition of the work done by the volunteers of the LHS comes as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, and is a tribute to all those who have played a part during those 50 years.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen's coronation.
The Award will be presented to the LHS by Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, later this summer.