We have a wealth of experience and broad range of gardens and collections within our membership. The PlantNetwork members’ garden visits are more than a visit. They provide an opportunity to spend time with Garden Managers and Head Gardeners, look at facilities not available on public visits and also discuss projects, issues and share common experiences. They are not only great professional development but also provide an opportunity to look at a garden with fellow horticulturists.
Garden tours and discussions are 10.30 – 12.30, attendees are then free to use on site catering and continue their visit in their own time. Cost includes entry and tour.
If you are interested in offering your site for a professional visit please contact us.
Holker Hall, Cumbria LA11 7PL 10.30am 20th July 2017. £10. Tour led by Glyn Sherratt, Head Gardener. Proceeds kindly supporting PlantNetwork.
The Cavendish family would like to welcome PlantNetwork members to their garden for a tour and discussion with their Head Gardener Glyn Sherratt. We will discuss with Holker’s Head Gardener how new garden projects are managed, and get the opportunity to learn about the skills involved in maintaining horticultural diversity of the site. We will also discuss the importance of character and how the garden balances aesthetics and an interesting botanical collection.
The immaculately kept gardens (25 acres in all) are part woodland and part formal garden. These are complimented by the 200-acre ‘natural’ parkland, which is the result of late 18th century planting by Lord George Cavendish. Over generations the family have continued to develop the gardens and they are constantly evolving as new plantings are made and new ideas are born.
One of the more recent larger projects has been the Pagan Grove, which has been designed by the renowned landscape architect, Kim Wilkie. It comprises of the remodelling of part of the historic garden to form an oval amphitheatre bowl descending into the ground, surrounded by a grove of exotic and unusual trees. The project is the largest scale earthworks project at Holker Hall since the construction of the Neptune Cascade in 1988.
Holker Hall also holds the National Collection of Styracaceae, which also includes genera such as Halesia, Styrax, and Pterostyrax. More garden information
Audley End Garden
Audley End Garden, Essex CB11 4JF 10.30am 13th July 2017. £10. Tour led by Alan North, Head Gardener. Proceeds kindly supporting PlantNetwork.
Audley End Garden is an historic 100 acre site with a Jacobean house set within parkland partly designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and includes: a bridge over the River Cam designed by Robert Adam, a parterre designed by William Sawrey Gilpin (restored by English Heritage in the 1980’s following garden archaeology), and a 2 acre Soil Association certified organic Kitchen Garden (restored in 1990, and which includes 19th century vinehouse and a gardeners bothy). The grounds also include a small pond and rose garden, with Pulhamite rockery, and Elysian garden.