Published: 25 September 2023

We live in a world where sometimes words and feelings do not need to be spoken but can be expressed through the beauty of flowers. The language of flowers is captivating and, in fact, an ancient form of communication across many cultures. The ancient Greeks and Romans used flowers to symbolise their gods. In ancient Egypt, certain flowers were used to depict power, rebirth, love, and sensuality. And flowers have played an important part in Chinese culture for centuries. The Holker gardens are covered in a vast variety of breathtaking flowers and greenery; it’s one of our most desired features. Perhaps take a look at what our gardens have to offer alongside the hall before deciding to visit or book for your event.

The Summer Garden

Tulips – Throughout the spring and early summer, tulips dominate the summer garden. Whether in pastel shades or jewel-like tones, the tulip is known to represent the deepest love. But they also carry a lesser-known meaning of ‘new beginnings’, something that many of us can resonate with. This flower is an absolute standout in our summer garden, and one you should not miss.

Bluebell Woods

Bluebells – There’s something truly special about a bluebell wood in springtime. With their delicate scent and nodding heads, these flowers are quintessentially English. And coming into bloom between late March and early May, just before the woodland canopy fills out and closes for the summer.

The Elliptical Garden

Rhododendron – Forming a backdrop to the Elliptical Garden, the rhododendron is a plant that carries multiple meanings. In some cultures, it’s seen as a harbinger of danger (probably because it’s poisonous to eat). But we prefer the Nepalese interpretation, where it is known to represent spousal support. In other cultures, the rhododendron is believed to symbolise passion, beauty, wealth, and elegance. But whichever construction you prefer, there’s no denying its breath-taking beauty in April and May.

The Sunken Garden

Lavender – Throughout the summer months, the striking scent of lavender provides an unmistakable accent to everything that happens within the Sunken Garden. With its diminutive blooms that create an unmissable spectacle en masse, lavender brings the garden to literal life, attracting bees and butterflies wherever it is planted. With its calming scent, there’s little surprise that lavender is widely associated with tranquillity. But what you may not know is that it also symbolises purity, grace, and devotion.

The Meadow

Wildflowers – Wildflowers have multiple meanings, depending on the flower type. Daisies are cheerfulness, beauty, affection, and purity. Poppies are peace, remembrance, and hope. Cornflowers mean love, unity, tenderness, and fertility. Common orchids represent love, strength, and luxury. And the list could go on indefinitely. But when taken together, the united meaning of wildflowers is happiness, joy, strength, and perseverance.

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