Holker Hall & Gardens, which re-opens to the public on 14th March 2010, Mothering Sunday, celebrates its 60th season this year. To start the season off with a flourish, the gardens are showcasing a magnificent spring floral display.
Head Gardener, Yvonne Cannon and her gardeners, have put in over 1500 hours of work, planting over 38,000 bulbs, using over 120 tonnes of compost and tending to 25 acres of public gardens. Over 40 tonnes of compost have been hand made by Yvonne herself including leaf mould and garden compost. Additionally, 80 tonnes of mushroom compost is used on the box hedging and kitchen garden. All of this work and more goes on behind the scenes to prepare a magnificent spring display for everyone to enjoy.
The Holker Gardens will awaken with an array of spring flowering bulbs, including early, mid and late-flowering tulips and 7,500 thickly-planted primulas and primroses, through which the tulips appear, all designed to begin the season with style! Carpets of daffodils add a burst of colour in the woodland garden and on the main lawn. In addition to the traditional planting the gardens are also home to a number of unusual, exotic and in some instances rare plants, which although sourced from warmer climates are surprisingly at home at Holker. Seasonal walks and immaculately kept gardens have been designed for visitors of all ages. Even Holker Hall itself receives a splash of spring colour with 3000 bulbs grown by Yvonne and her gardeners for display in the house, from hyacinths to highly fragrant, paper-white narcissus.
Make the most of the arrival of spring and experience a day with friends and family at Holker Hall & Gardens, which open daily from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, with the gardens opening from 10.30 am - 5.30 pm. There is something for everyone including the magnificent Holker Hall and surrounding countryside. Then afterwards relax and visit the courtyard cafe and enjoy a variety of delicious, locally produced food or explore the Holker Food Hall for the opportunity to buy food from the Holker Estate. Complete the day with a browse around the Holker Gift Shop, which has a wonderful selection of gifts for the home and garden.
Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £10.00 for adults, £9.00 for concessions and £5.50 for children (6-15). A family ticket is £27.50. Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates. To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.holker.co.uk.
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The Ilex Bar & BrasserieOpen for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga. A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition. Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage. Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.