Holker Garden Festival welcomes first visitors

The Westmorland Gazette: Tom Atherton of the National Sweet Pea Society. Tom Atherton of the National Sweet Pea Society.

GARDEN lovers poured through the doors of the North’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show today (May 30).

Visitors to the annual Holker Garden Festival got the chance to survey award-winning show gardens and buy from a plethora of outdoor stalls catering to their every need.

In tow was the BBC’s One Show’s gardening extroadinaire Christine Walkden who was plugging her new book and giving talks during the day.

She said: “I just love the atmosphere and the nice thing about the show is that it brings the local people together.

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“Gardening transcends any social or political class, and whether you’ve got one single dandelion or millions of acres, we can all get the same pleasure out of gardening as each other.”

Now in its 22nd year, the festival is run by Lord and Lady Cavendish who reside at Holker Hall.

It will continue to showcase award-winning displays and gardens until Sunday (June 1).

There is also plenty of other fun with tours, talks, live music, food and activities for the kids including the new addition of a helter skelter.

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