Lakeland Horticultural Society, Holehird

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Address and contact details
Holehird Gardens, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1NP
Tel: 01539 446008
Latitude: 54° 24' 00" N
Longitude: 2° 54' 32"W
Background to the collection
Ownership:Lakeland Horticultural Society
Umbrella organisation:National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Chairman: Mr J. Davenport
Garden Co-ordinator: John Ashley
Contact person: Ian Sandwell
Total Staff:40-50 (all volunteers)
Physical environment
Altitude:120-140 m
Soil type:Clay, acid
Total area:3.5 ha
Area heated:100 m²
Weather recordsNo records kept (but planned for the future)
Average daily:9.33 °C
Absolute maximum:27 °C
Absolute minimum:-5 °C (1979)
Average annual:1500 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Davidia involucrata one of largest in the country
Special genera within the collections:
Erica, Calluna, Hosta, Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Astilbe, Polystichum
Special collections:
Hydrangea, NCCPG – 250 Taxa.
Astilbe, NCCPG – 200 Taxa.
Polystichum, NCCPG – 60 Taxa.
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:unknown
Plant-collecting trips:International and national
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Yes, for Astilbe, Hydrangea and Polystichium
Research facilities:No
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public (for Astilbe, Hydrangea and Polystichium only). Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Higher and public education. Potential for primary, secondary and taxonomic
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, brochures, lectures
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Visitor reception area when warden on duty
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Visitors per year:30,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: Dawn-dusk, warden 11am-5pm, March-October
Guiding principles behind the collection
The garden aims to collect and cultivate plants suitable for conditions in the Lake District, with its variable climate and generally acid soils.
Location map

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