Holker Hall Gardens

(See also Holker Hall

Holker Hall and grounds by Barbara BallardIn the 18th century Lord George Cavendish instigated the award winning gardens that surround Holker Hall. The gardens cover 25 acres and are part of the 125-acre parkland belonging to the Hall.

The gardens, incorporating both English and Italianate features, were originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. Thomas Mawson later altered them, when, in 1910, he added an arboretum, conservatory, low terraces by the house, and a ballustraded boundary wall. Through the years the gardens have seen other changes that include the demolishing of hot houses, reduction of flowering beds, and the addition of shrubs. An old croquet lawn now serves as a garden room.

Holker Hall sunken garden Courtesy Holker HallA limestone cascade and other water features add interest. Roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, and spring bulbs provide colour. The gardens contain specimen trees-here is one of the oldest monkey puzzle trees in England. Felled by high winds in the 1890's, it was saved by being hauled upright and replanted.

For the gardening enthusiast, specimen plants are labelled. The “Potting Shed Gardening History Exhibition” will also appeal to the home gardener.

Holker Hall by Risto HurmalainenFallow deer, introduced in the 18th century, and red deer shelter in the deerpark. Woodland walks enhance the acreage. A wildflower meadow adds its own charm.

The Good Gardens Guide states that Holker Hall's gardens are “amongst the best in the world in terms of design and content.”

Holker Hall and Gardens
Off the B5277/5278, five miles west of Grange-over-Sands at Cark.
Tel. 015395 58328
Email: publicopening@holker.co.uk
Website: www.holker.co.uk
Open: April – end October, Sun – Fri; Hall 11am-4pm; Gardens 10.30am-4.30pm except until 5.30pm in July and August
Annual garden festival in early June.
Adventure playground.
Guide to the gardens available at Holker Hall.

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos by Barbara Ballard and courtesy of Holker Hall , Risto Hurmalainen

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