In pictures: The Holker Garden Festival 2016

The Holker Garden Festival 2016Recently I wrote about the 25 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens at Holker Hall, and just how much there is to see! This weekend is the Holker Garden Festival, which is held on the parkland next to Holker Hall and is always a fantastic day out.

There’s lots to see including a horticultural marquee, floral displays tent and Made in Cumbria marquee, entertainment, many stalls with plants, gardening equipment and ornaments, and exhibitors and producers of crafts, food and drink, clothing, gifts and more.

I visited yesterday, and so here are a few pictures to inspire you to visit for yourself this Saturday or Sunday (or if you can’t make it then, perhaps even next year!):

Holker Garden Festival 2016Plant stand at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Beetham Nurseries at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Display by Beetham Nurseries

Holker Garden Festival 2016

A stand dedicated to alliums… my favourite!

Willow for Wellbeing, Holker Garden Festival 2016

Willow for Wellbeing – decorative willow stems (known as the ‘Willow Wand’) for making lovely ornamental willow topiary!

Stand at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

WhyNot Alpacas, Holker Garden Festival 2016

Posing for the camera with WhyNot Alpacas

The Holker Garden Festival 2016

Thuline Studio Gallery at The Holker Garden Festival 2016

Thuline Studio Gallery

The Holker Garden Festival 2016

Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur – I love the new box design!

Holker Garden Festival 2016Gardening supplies at the Holker Garden Festival 2016Gardening questions at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

K&S Nurseries at Holker Garden Festival 2016

K&S Nurseries, specialists in ornamental grasses and cottage garden plants, in the Horticultural Tent

In the Horticultural Marquee at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Wack's Wicked Plants at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Wack’s Wicked Plants in the Horticultural Tent

Holker Garden Festival 2016

Morton Nurseries Ltd in the Horticultural Tent

The floral displays at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

In the Floral Display marquee

The Basketmakers' Association at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Jane Bradley, basketmaker, The Basketmakers’ Association stand

Ginger Bakers at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

Something I’d not seen before – Westmorland Pepper Cake, a traditional local fruitcake recipe which is being rediscovered with the help of Ginger Bakers

Lake District Sticker Book

The Lake District Sticker Book on the Inspired by Lakeland stand

The Twig Pen People at the Holker Garden Festival 2016

The Twig Pen People

Animal Elegance Ltd at Holker Garden Festival 2016

Animal Elegance animal sculptures

Update: Sadly, a short time after the festival finished, Holker Hall announced that the 2016 show would be its last, as the events calendar at this time of year was now becoming too congested. I hadn’t been to the garden festival for some years, and so am really pleased that I did at least make it to the last one.

Did you go to the Holker Garden Festival this year? Which was your favourite bit and why? Share your thoughts with others reading the blog by leaving a comment below.

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One Response to In pictures: The Holker Garden Festival 2016

  1. Janine John 04/06/2016 at 11:43 am #

    The garden festival is quite a full day out in itself, but if you do still have the energy, a visit to Holker Hall’s own gardens is included in the festival ticket price too.

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