National Collection
of Styracaceae

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.

 

OPENING TIMES

 

 

2021 Season

Following the Government guidance, we are happy to confirm our 2021 season dates as follows:

Wednesday 31st March - Gardens & Cafe open. Please note the Cafe will be running a takeaway service only. 

Wednesday 14th April - Gift Shop open and outside seating available in the courtyard. 

Wednesday 19th May - Indoor & outdoor seating available in the courtyard and Cafe. 

Wednesday 23rd June - Hall opens for hourly guided tours. 

 

Dates and Times 

Café / Gardens / Gift Shop – Wednesday-Sunday, 10.30am - 5pm

Hall – Wednesday-Friday, 11am – 4pm

(Please note that the Hall will be running pre-booked guided tours on the hour. These are available to book via the ‘Book Tickets’ button on our website, or via the kiosk when you arrive)