24 June – 31 August 2021

Celebrating the beauty of Holehird Gardens

We’re delighted that this exhibition has now opened at the Gaddum Gallery, Brockhole and will run until 31 August.

Green Door have joined forces with the Lakeland Horticultural Society for an exhibition which celebrates 50 years of the Society at Holehird Gardens and 25 years of Green Door.  The exhibition was intended to open in March 2020 but the first lockdown caused it be postponed.

The exhibition comprises work from individuals in both groups, reflecting the changing seasons of the year, the response to and delight in the different facets of the garden.

Once voted one of the Nation’s Favourite Gardens, the 10 acre gardens at Holehird, near Windermere, consist of rock and heather gardens, alpine houses and a walled garden. Renowned for its herbaceous borders, the gardens are home to an extensive variety of plants, particularly those suited to the local climate with its high rainfall.

Created in the late nineteenth century and enlarged by the landscape architect, Thomas Mawson, in 1902, the gardens became derelict after the second World War until they were rescued in 1969 by the Lakeland Horticultural Society.  The Society’s volunteers have maintained the gardens for the past 50 years. 

“I am one of the volunteer gardeners at Holehird Gardens and love its rich variety in every season,” said Frances Winder, the artist behind the exhibition.  “As an artist who paints and exhibits, I find Holehird an inspiring place to be and know that many of our members who paint and take photographs do so as well. When we thought of celebrating 50 years of the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird and, as a member of Green Door, who are celebrated 25 years in 2020, I thought of putting them together in this Four Seasons exhibition.”

“Over the course of a year both Holehird members and Green Door artists have painted, photographed and enjoyed the garden as inspiration.  For my own work, I loved the summer borders as well as winter.  We have a lot of lovely work, some detailed studies, and free bold painting by others.  There are studies of skies at Holehird, beautiful botanical studies by one artist and much more. Linda Grey has some studies of terracotta pots.”

“Pat Murphy has some wonderful Meconopsis photographs, and other photographers have found all sorts of inspiration.  Kate Bigland spent all day in the display house painting the spectacular orange flower.  There are many others, as well as the large and wonderful Hydrangea painting on our poster that fills one wall. We are so pleased with the enjoyment that was shown by everyone who visited.”

The Gaddum Gallery, Brockhole on Windermere, LA23 1LJ

We’d like to thank the Gaddum for their co-operation during the last 15 months as they worked with us to ensure this exhibition could happen.

Image: ‘Autumn Sherbet’ by Karen Lester, ‘View from Woodland Walk’ by Rosamond Hoggarth, High Summer in the Walled Garden’ by Frances Winder

‘Four Seasons – Celebrating a Year in Holehird Gardens’