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Holehird Gardens, Windermere
(4.8/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
Holehird Gardens is an extensive 10 acre site located in Windermere, Cumbria. It is the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. The garden consists of a large variety of plants, particularly those suited to the local climate with its high rainfall. It is made up of extensive rock and heather gardens, alpine houses, and a walled garden which is of particular interest for its herbaceous borders. It was once voted by BBC gardeners to be one of the nation’s favourite gardens.The house at Holehird was built in the 1860s to a design by J. S. Crowther. The garden was created in the late nineteenth century by three successive owners of the mansion. The landscape architect Thomas Mawson enlarged the garden in 1902. However by 1945 it became too expensive to maintain and it was effectively abandoned and totally overgrown.In 1969 the Lakeland Horticultural Society was formed and began to rescue the derelict garden. The staff at the gardens are all volunteers from the Lakeland Horticultural Society. They are the planters, weeders, propagators, designers and administrators. The guidebook “The Best of Britain” described it as a garden with “numerous different areas to explore including rock heather and walled gardens and herbaceous borders all bursting with colourful plants and enhanced with stunning views". The astilbes are a national Plant Heritage collection.AccessThe garden is open to the public throughout the year. Donations are invited for the upkeep of the gardens. There are also openings as part of the National Gardens Scheme. In 2013 Holehird is one of eight venues across Cumbria participating in an NGS "daffodil day".
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  • What a delight this garden is - we arrived rather ill prepared on a rainy Sunday and were loaned umbrellas. The gardens are beautifully maintained and wonderfully planted. It isn't enormous - but you ...  more »
  • Charming garden and quiet for those interested in touring and hiking and exploration, located in one of the highest areas of Windermere area making provide spectacular views of the Lake and the surrounding area, there is a wide range of types of flowers, roses and rare plants, stunning ambiance and high relief, don't miss the opportunity to visit.
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  • We found out about this garden only after finding a leaflet in our hotel. It is only about 15 minutes outside Ambleside. The road to it is rather narrow but as we went midweek in October, were were fe...  more »
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  • First class gardens, beautifully situated on the fell side near Windermere. There are several areas including alpines, ferns, roses, hydrangeas and some beautiful trees. Free parking and entry by donation (£4 suggested). The best garden in the Lakes, I think.
  • Beautiful and tranquil, I love seeing the difference between the flowers during the spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons
  • Beautiful gardens and views...the only thing missing was the ice cream! Never mind the husband managed to survive without!
  • A very calm lovely place with beautiful gardens
  • Several visits over the years beautiful gardens