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.
You have the option of booking tickets in advance via our 'Book Tickets' button in the top right hand corner or when you arrive with us at our kiosk.
We have a few special events going on throughout this season and so there are a couple of dates we will either be closing early or the site will be closed to the public. Please see the dates and times below:
Saturday 25th June – Hall, Gardens, Cafe, Gift Shop & Farm Shop - 10.30am-3pm
Saturday 23rd July – Hall, Gardens, Cafe, Gift Shop & Farm Shop - CLOSED
Saturday 30th July – Hall, Gardens, Cafe, Gift Shop & Farm Shop - CLOSED
Dates and Times
2022 Season Opening
Friday 11th March - Sunday 30th October 2022
Gardens, Parkland, Cafe, Gift Shop & Food Hall - 10.30am-5pm
Hall open - 11am-4pm (Including Bank Holiday Monday)