Monday, 1 March 2010

Holker Hall

Winter may have been long and hard this year, but that only serves to make spring all the more special. Nowhere brings the new season in in such style as at Holker Hall on the furness peninsula. Here at the south-west tip of Lakeland, the sun and sea’s influence is never far away and spring’s warm sunshine is felt here first.

It is Holker’s 60th season of welcoming visitors to the magnificent Hall, and 25 acres of gardens and grounds. To celebrate from the start, over 38,000 bulbs have been planted...

Early snowdrops, crocus and winter aconites are naturalized in generous drifts across the grassy slopes. In time they will be followed by golden daffodils, species narcissus, camassias and lilies. In the more formal areas unparalleled displays of tulips are set off amongst thickly planted primrose and primula.

As spring reaches forward into summer, rare and exotic trees and shrubs excite at every turn throughout the extensive woodland garden. While closer to the house, one of the finest formal gardens in all England demands and deserves the greatest admiration.

Formal cascades and water features, wild flower meadows, standing stone labyrinths and a superb slate sundial in a breathtaking parkland setting all contribute to this most exhilarating of garden experiences.

Share in the magical re-awakening of the garden in springtime at Holker Hall, home to one of Lakeland’s greatest gardens.

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