Gardening Group

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We are for gardeners who have any size garden - from a window box to an acre.

We visit public and private gardens including those with restricted opening, e.g. by appointment or open only to recognised groups. We hold talks and show films during the winter months as well as the occasional Winter Walk.

We also meet occasionally to swap surplus plants and visit members'gardens. 

All you need is a love of plants.

For visits outside of the immediate Selby/Sherburn area we try to car share where possible. Information is sent out about individual visits 2 – 3 weeks prior to the event and individuals are asked if they want or can offer a carshare.

If members have any requests or ideas for events please tell Susan Ferguson, Cindy Yaxley, Carole Holmes, Jacky Lester, Margaret Fiddes, Barrie Wharton, Carolyn Wharton or Marjorie Smith at any of our events or email us.


Go to Reports on Past Visits

Forthcoming Events -

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - Walkers Nurseries 11.00am - Near Doncaster

A trip to Walkers nurseries near Doncaster to visit their 8 acres of show gardens, one of them being a Chelsea gold winner. There is no charge for visiting the gardens, but there are plant sales of course.
https://www.walkersnurseries.tv/garden-design/show-gardens
We’ll meet in the café at 11.00 where we’ll display a U3A bag. We’ll try to car share where possible.
The address is Mosham Road, Blaxton, Doncaster.
The journey will take about 45 minutes from Sherburn, and the carshare is £13.60 per car.
Please tell Susan Ferguson if you'll be there, or if you need or can offer a carshare.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - Afternoon in the Garden - Hillam

An afternoon in the garden.
Susan Ferguson will be hosting us at her garden in Hillam to enable us to chat and get to know one-another at the same time as admiring Susan’s magnificent garden. We may change the date nearer the time depending on weather.
Prices and times tba
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you'll be there.


Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - Plant swap, visit and demonstration 2.00pm - Stutton

A garden visit and plant swap at Julie Goldthorpe’s garden in Stutton. We will also be shown how Margaret Roberts and her family overwinter their pelargoniums. A timely demonstration of interest to all who want to overwinter these non hardy plants.
2pm start. 50p to include tea/coffee and cake.
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you'll be there.


Monday, 16 September 2019 - Show and Tell 2.00pm - Fairburn

Have you been looking at that fabulous dahlia or admiring the length of your green beans in the garden this year? Maybe you've been tickled by your tomatoes or raving about the roses. Come and show us! Not quite a village show but maybe an opportunity to talk about the things that did well and the things that didn't do so well. Bring a vase or a plate and set up the harvest from your garden and let's talk about the summer's ups and downs. It could be some fruit, a spectacular flower, a whole border anything at all. Bring a photo or an example for us all to see, then talk about it if you want, but if you don’t want to that’s fine too. No prizes, so no pressure....

£2.50 a head to pay for the hall, tea/coffee and cake

2pm start at the Church Hall in Silver Street, Fairburn. WF11 9JA. When you pass the Church on your right the hall is a little further on. There is ample parking, mainly to the rear of the building.

Please tell Marjorie Smith if you'll be there


Monday, 23 September 2019 - Garden Holiday in Dorset - Dorset

23rd - 27th September
Garden holiday based at the Hotel Royale in Bournemouth.
https://www.thehotelroyale.com/bournemouth-hotel
£382 per person in a shared double, twin, or single. Sole occupancy of a twin/double is £39 supplement. Dinner, bed and breakfast, coach travel, and gratuities included. Garden entrances except those on the outward and return journeys will be extra.
There are only twin and double rooms for two people sharing remaining.
Please contact Marjorie Smith for a booking form.


Friday, 4 October 2019 - An introduction to border design 2.00pm - Old Girls’ School, Sherburn

An introduction to border design with Margaret Fiddes. Hints and tips to help build and design a flower bed or border to suit your garden.
2pm at the Old Girls’ School, 18 Kirkgate, Sherburn, LS25 6BH
£2.50 a head to cover room hire, hot drink and cake
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you'll be there


Monday, 4 November 2019 - Talk about Mires Beck 10.30am - Fairburn

A talk by a representative of Mires Beck Nursery from North Cave.
The nursery’s primary purpose is to provide a pleasant, enjoyable environment where people with a learning disability or physical disability can develop their skills and increase their self esteem and confidence through plants and gardening. Their service users are actively involved in the growing and care of a wide and interesting range of plants which are then sold onsite and to wholesale customers. They are also developing the extensive garden.

http://www.miresbeck.co.uk

£4 a head to cover the talk, hall, and tea or coffee and biscuits.

10.30 start at the Church Hall in Silver Street, Fairburn. WF11 9JA. When you pass the Church on your right the hall is a little further on. There is ample parking, mainly to the rear of the building.

Please tell Marjorie Smith if you'll be there.


Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - Christmas Fuddle 1.00pm - Lady Popplewell Centre

Christmas Fuddle at the Lady Popplewell Centre 1.00 – 3.00.
Eat and drink, quiz, and general get together.
Cost £2 to pay for the room and drinks
Please email me, Marjorie Smith if you'll be there, also an idea of what you'll be taking



Group Leader(s)

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  • Marjorie Smith
  • Mail Address
  • 01757 268448
  • 07731 754585
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  • Susan Ferguson
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 684922
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  • Margaret Fiddes
  • Mail Address
  • 07717 761427
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  • Barrie Wharton
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 682527
  • 07870 753259

Reports on past visits -

Coach trip to Bodnant Gardens - May 2019 (report by Margaret Fiddes)

Get together and AGM - January 2019 (report by Susan Ferguson)

Gardener's Question Time - April 2017 (report by Susan Ferguson)

Willow Weaving - October 2015 (report by Susan Ferguson)

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens - September 2014 (report by Carole Holmes)

Scampson Hall Walled Garden - August 2014

Thorpe Perrow Arboretum - November 2013 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Skipton - August 2013 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Beverley Town Gardens - July 2013 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Cow Close Cottage - July 2013 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Wall Baskets with Margaret - May 2013 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Snowdrops at Great Heck - February 2013 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Christmas Fuddle - December 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Pruning - November 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Japanese Garden - September 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Scampston Walled Garden - September 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Julie's garden - September 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Jasmine House - August 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

June Brunt's Garden - July 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Jacksons Wold Garden - June 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Goddards Gardens - June 2012 (report by Ken Hawlor)

Whixley Open Gardens - May 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

The White House - May 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Joe Maiden - January 2012 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Boundary Cottage - September 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Brodsworth Hall - August 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Havoc Hall - July 2011 (report by Lizzie Cooper)

Himalayan Gardens - May 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Talk by David Mitchel - May 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Temple Newsam - April 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Sue Ferguson's Garden - April 2011

Ripley Castle - April 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Harlow Carr Gardens - January 2011 (report by Mike Yaxley)

Osgodby Garden Centre - November 2010

Kew at Castle Howard - October 2010

Dove Cottage - September 2010 (report by Mike Yaxley)

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