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.
The 2021 season will run up until 7th November.
Our Christmas opening then takes over with the following opening times and dates:
Cafe, Gift Shop & Food Hall open -
Friday 12th Nov - Sunday 14th Nov / Friday 19th Nov - Sunday 21st Nov
Hall, Gardens (first two formal sections), Cafe, Gift Shop & Food Hall open -
26th, 27th & 28th November
1st - 5th December
8th - 12th December
15th - 19th December
Dates and Times
Café / Gardens / Gift Shop / Food Hall – 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. Tickets need to be booked no later than 24 hours in advance of your visit. Click here to book your tickets.
Garden tickets will not be refunded on account of bad weather.