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The Day We Went to Holker (and Gresgarth)

It was a fine, warm morning on June 24th when we set off early from the Zoo car park for our day out.

Our first port of call was Gresgarth, since 1978 the home of Arabella Lennox-Boyd, the renowned garden and landscape designer.  The original landscaping of the gardens in the Romantic style had started about two hundred years ago, and many of the fine, mature trees were planted by the then owner or his descendants.  A tributary of the Lune runs through the estate, but the focal point of the gardens is the lake, which has been designed to look like a river opening out towards the house.

We could wander at will through the various garden areas: the Terraces where strong-scented old roses rambled among the Mediterranean plantings; the Water and Wild gardens and the walled Kitchen garden with its espaliered fruit trees; along the paths and walks, each with its own characteristic plantings and into the managed surrounding woodland and along the river.