Wednesday, June 18, 2008
On the same day as our visit to Levens Hall we visited Holehird Gardens. I have been to the Lakes many times but had never heard of these gardens. Entry to the gardens is by donation. They were designed, installed and are maintained by members of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. Aside from the rockery, with the alpine troughs, ( I think I have a new project for D!) the gardens were extensive, with herbaceous borders, open grassy areas with island plantings, and woodland walks. Rhododendrons were everywhere. My favorite place was the alpine greenhouse although I'm afraid my photograph does not do it justice. I love the idea of the rock wall on the left side and the more informal rockery on the right. At the end of green house was a lakeland slate trickle water feature. For many people gravel gardening may not hold the attraction that is does for me. We have so many wonderful rocks in our garden that it becomes a necessity to put them to good use. I love rocks.
The Lakeland gardens were ablaze with yellow rhododendrons.
At the end of a wonderful day we headed back down the M6 to St Annes.