Holehird gardens is located in Windermere, Cumbria.
The area was originally owned by Thomas Hird and the gardens date back to the 17th century. The house was built in the 1860’s as a private home and is currently being used as an independent living facility.
In 1885 the walled garden was created along with the heated greenhouses. In 1897 when the Groves family moved to Holehird, the gardens continued to develop and expand which included the rock gardens and water features.
In 1945 the garden had become too expensive to maintain and it was an overgrown wasteland. Henry Leigh Groves gave the estate away to the County Council.
In 1969 the Lakeland Horticultural Society formed which immediately transformed the overgrown rock garden and grassy slopes of the orchard. By 1980 the walled garden which was being used as a tree nursery was cleared and redesigned. The abandoned greenhouses and walls were repaired as well as new paths and flower beds were created.
It wasn’t until 2001 that the woodland walk was created, the water features were restored and other areas of the land were acquired for transformation.
The walled garden has all year around plant life including a variety of colourful flowering herbaceous plants and shrubs, roses, climbers and small trees.
The south wall is the most shaded area and the east border has the most sun throughout the day. There are five island beds and this garden has something to offer all year around including fragrant plants at the north wall.
There are several glasshouses that display a range of alpines that would be difficult to grow outside in colder climates. There are more than five hundred species and the displays are often changed.
There is an old Victorian glass house that was restored in 1999 which has preserved the Victorian curve-ended glass panes. Fuchsias are grown in that one whilst the flowers, herbs and plants that are grown in the heated greenhouses are used for both the gardens and for sales in the plant sale area.
Water features in the rockery garden.
The upper garden is sprawled across the slopes with narrow pathways and winding steps.
There are seating areas along the upper gardens that offer up scenic views of lake Windermere.
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