Exhibitors at this year’s Holker Garden Festival are celebrating as 15 Large Gold’s were awarded by judges in the Horticultural Marquee, meaning over 50% of exhibitors in the Marquee won a Large Gold award; a first for the Festival.
Judges commented on the 'very high standards' and 'very good variety of exhibits' in the Marquee. As well as the 15 Large Golds, the award for 'Best Large Stand' (over 15ft) went to Abi & Tom Attwood from Halecat Nursery and 'Best Smaller Stand' (up to 15ft) went to Brownthwaite Hardy Plants Ltd.
The Lady Cavendish award was won by Hippopottering Nursery for their organically grown Japanese Maples in peat free compost and Best Festival Show Garden went to Burlington Stone’s Metamorphosis garden, which also won a Large Gold. Nick Williams, Commercial Director says; “We are delighted to have won Best Festival Show Garden at this year’s Holker Garden Festival for the first time. Following on from our success at Chelsea Flower Show the previous week, this year’s garden showcased how our British natural stone can change and create high quality and unique landscaping products. Complemented by beautiful planting, the use of stone creates spaces to enjoy within the garden.”
Over 20,000 visitors attended this year’s event, which saw sunshine and blue skies across all three days. Highlights included the hugely popular Cartmel ‘Pop-up’ Village showcasing businesses including, Cartmel Village Shop – home of Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery. Attending the Festival for the first time was Old Hall Farm, who staged a scene from their historic working farm along with Shire Horses, Ben & Troy.
Festival manager Jillian Rouse was delighted to see so many people enjoying themselves at this year’s event; “I think everyone was ready for a bit of sunshine after such a cold spring and it was lovely to see the crowds of people really enjoying being outside and having some fun. We try to make small changes each year and the addition of Ivan Day, the Cartmel ‘pop-up’ Village and Old Hall Farm for our 21st show was a real treat. All were incredibly popular with visitors and the feedback was really positive.”