A Trip To Holker Garden Festival

Holker Garden Festival | Busy day at the festival

It was an early start on Saturday morning for me and Mr.B 🙂 Bags packed, camera charged and tickets at the ready – Holker Garden Festival here we come! 😀 As you know, we love to visit the Lakes when ever we can, but it was the first time we’d had ever visited Holker.  After driving around picturesque lanes, we arrived, parked up and made our way to the festival.  The sun was shining 🙂 Fab!  Walking into the grounds there were so many things to take in.   We first caught up with our friends Gary & Pete from the Big Allotment Challenge. Their stall looked superb!

Holker Garden Festival | Gary & Pete Pickled & PreservedWe were also keen to listen to Pete & Gary’s talk about their time on the Big Allotment Challenge 🙂 It was very entertaining – they do make me chuckle 😀

Holker Garden Festival | Gary & Pete's Talk Gary & Pete | Pickled & Preserved

It was nice to see the winner Alex, in the audience from 2014.Holker Garden Festival | Big Allotment Challenge Winner Alex

Holker Garden Festival | James Wong, Gary, Pete and Alex

I’d also wanted to go to James Wong’s talk in the afternoon.  James’s new book ‘Grow For Flavour’ was available to buy and he was also doing a book signing 🙂 I’d wanted to grab a copy at The Edible Garden Show but they had sold out.  Just before his talk we had a chat about our allotment, beekeeping and my blog.  I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with him 🙂

Holker Garden Festival | Lottie Land Girl & James Wong

The talk was great.  We got a real feel for what the book was all about and we’re hoping to use some of the methods and techniques James talked about.  The room was packed! We had to stand up at the back.

Holker Garden Festival | James Wong TalkJPG

Holker Garden Festival |Mr & Mrs B at James Wong's Talk

After a quick break for some tasty local food and drink, it was time to explore the grounds…  Here’s what we found 🙂

Fabulous blooms in the Horticultural Marquee…

Holker Garden Festival |Displays in the floral marque Holker Garden Festival |Floral Displays Holker Garden Festival |Cacatus display

Holker Garden Festival | Flowers Holker Garden Festival | Pretty Flower Lady Holker Garden Festival |Displays in the floral marque fuschia Holker Garden Festival |Displays in the floral marque lupins There was a real buzz in the air… People sat around enjoying food from the various stalls and marquees.  I have to admit, I did do a little bit of dancing when we stopped to watch a group of talented drummers 🙂

Holker Garden Festival | Lottie Land Girl and the bees

I would have totally dressed up like a bee for the day had I have known 🙂 buzz buzz!Holker Garden Festival | Music entertainment Holker Garden Festival |Deers & DucksHolker Garden Festival | Tea for two

We had a chat with the people from the Furness Beekeepers Association, they had an observation hive with them.  Lots of bees busy working hard, waggle dancing and tending to the queen – fascinating!  We tried some of the local honey – sweet stuff 🙂

Holker Garden Festival | Furnace Beekeepers AssociationObservation Hive & Honey Tasting

One of the things I was really impressed with, was that they allowed dogs around the grounds.  It was lovely to see so many out enjoying the day (including two very pampered pooches! :D)…

Holker Garden Festival | Pampered pooches

There were endless stalls filled with lots of garden goodies.  Pretty plants, garden inspired gifts and country clothes 🙂

Holker Garden Festival | Helter Skelter Holker Garden Festival | Inspiring planters Holker Garden Festival | Ladybird poppies Holker Garden Festival | Shepherds hut & alliums Holker Garden Festival | Very Handy Holker Garden Festival |Plants for sale Holker Garden Festival | Patterns Holker Garden Festival |Wooden Plants

You could find plenty of design ideas from the show gardens too. From urban styles, wild meadow and rockeries, there was tons of inspiration to be had…

Holker Garden Festival | Holker Garden Festival | Show Garden Trophy Holker Garden Festival | Urban Show Gardens Holker Garden Festival | Urban design Holker Garden Festival | My Kind of colour pallet Holker Garden Festival | Exploring the show gardens Holker Garden Festival | Colours Holker Garden Festival | And relaxThere’s so much to see and do at the Holker Garden Festival.  It was a grand day out for us and I’m sure you’d love it as well! 🙂  After lots of exploring, shopping, relaxing and taking in the festival atmosphere, it was time to put our feet up and enjoy a hilarious evening with Pete & Gary.

Holker Garden Festival | Lottie Land Girl, Pete and Gary Feet Up

One thing’s for sure, we’ll definitely be back next year! 😀  Did you visit? What did you think? 🙂

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

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