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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

 

2019 Winter Opening Times

The Hall and Gardens are now closed until the 2020 season. The Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) is open Friday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. The Hall will repoen on 29th November 2019 for our Christmas Festivities. 

 

 

 

 

Dates and Times 

The Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) are open 10am – 4pm. Friday to Sunday.

Friday 8th November – Sunday 10th November

Friday 15th November – Sunday 17th November

Friday 22nd November – Sunday 24th November

The Hall will reopen on Friday 29th November for our Christmas festivities.

Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December

Thursday 5th December – Sunday 8th December

Thursday 12th December – Sunday 15th December