Kirkwood Gardens Plant Sale
Fine perennials for sale to support the gardens at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Kirkwood Gardens showing fountain and pergola.

Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds its annual Kirkwood Gardens Plant Sale beginning Monday, May 24 at Kirkwood Gardens on Route 3 in Holderness. While Covid has put the Kirkwood Gardens Day event on hold this year, a wide variety of perennial plants will be available for self-serve purchasing on the bluestone terrace at Kirkwood Gardens. Stroll through the gardens for inspiration and find beautiful new plants for a home garden.

Kirkwood Gardens were dedicated in 1996 in honor of Grace “Sunny” Kirkwood, a landscape designer who served on the Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1991. Sunny designed the garden on the grounds of the historic Holderness Inn on Route 3 in Holderness. The garden includes both shade and sun beds planted with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, ferns, and flowers adapted to the northern New England climate. Plants that are attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies are central to the garden’s design.

Some highlights of Kirkwood Gardens include a 25- by 60-foot bluestone patio on the west side of the historic Holderness Inn, which provides a scenic place for visitors to view the garden or to sit in the summer shade.

A series of granite steps lead visitors from the shaded upper garden to the sunny, informal lower garden. Visitors may sit in the shade under ancient sugar maples and view the large variety of ferns, hostas, azaleas, rhododendrons, and other shade-loving plants in the upper garden.

Sun-loving shrubs, trees, and perennials thrive in the lower garden, where visitors may enjoy a lovely sculpture, set their clocks by the sundial, watch the hummingbirds from a circular bench under the old apple tree, or view birds and butterflies as they visit a central millstone fountain.

A beautiful wooden pergola covered with a variety of vines is located at the west end of the lower garden. A combination of cobbles, pavers, and river stones provide the surface under the pergola and highlight a large Lunaform pot in the planting bed beyond it.

Perennials plants at the Kirkwood Gardens plant sale are available on the bluestone terrace at the garden. Payment is at the self-serve kiosk. Kirkwood Gardens and the plant sale are generously sponsored by Belknap Landscape Company.

Information and directions to the gardens are available at

About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, guided Squam Lake Cruises, an informal public garden, and Blue Heron School, a nature-based Montessori early learning center, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and public trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1 with programming throughout the year. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit


For Immediate Release: May 18, 2021


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Amanda Gillen
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