The gardens at Holker are home to a number of very unusual and, in some instances, rare plants including The National Collection of Styracaceae.
The collection started over 30 years ago when Lord Cavendish inherited a modest representation of the Styracaceae family. There was and remains a splendid specimen of Styrax japonicus; there were one or two Halesias and a very fine Styrax obassia, subsequently lost in a storm.
We were fortunate to be given the Kew form of Styrax japonicus in the mid-90s. Since then, to the collection has been added:
- S. americanus
- S. hemsleyanus
- S. japonicus “Benibana”
- S. japonicus “Fargesii”
- S. japonicus “Peak Chimes”
- S. japonicus var. Formosa (a simply brilliant plant)
- S. obassia.
There are numerous members of the Styracaceae family known to botany, but which are not capable of being grown in the British Isles.
Almost all our Styracaceae have come to us as gifts rather than through purchase.
2019 Winter Opening Times
The Gardens are now closed until the 2020 season. The Hall and Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) are open Thursday to Sunday, 10:30am to 5pm.
Dates and Times
The Hall and Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) are open 10:30am – 5pm. Thursday to Sunday.
Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December
Thursday 5th December – Sunday 8th December
Thursday 12th December – Sunday 15th December