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.

At the moment we are enjoying our successes and failures through the medium of a WhatsApp group, to join in contact Margaret Fiddes.

We are also sharing videos of our gardens.  As members send them in we will email the links to everyone.  New videos always welcome!  If you want to go back over any of the previous videos here are the links:

A tour of Jacky's Garden:

The garden at Maspin House:

A wander round Margaret's garden:

A windy afternoon in Gill's garden:

A tour of Jennifer & Edward's garden:

Andrew's Allotment:

Pat & Dawn's garden transformation:


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.

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Go to Reports on Past Visits

Forthcoming Events -

Saturday, 25 July 2020 - Member's Garden Visit 10.00am - South Milford

A visit to Diane Lee's garden, which is full of interesting and unusual vegetables, designed to look extremely decorative.
We have a series of 5 timed visits planned for Saturday 25th July with a maximum of 6 people per slot.
This is by prior arrangement only, please contact Marjorie Smith for more information and to book a slot.
You will need to be able to confirm your health status before booking a slot.

Sunday, 6 September 2020 - Trip to Kew and Wisley 8.00am -

It is currently expected that this trip will go ahead as planned, although the final payment date is now 23rd July.

Should you decide not to travel, this will be completely understandable, but I'm afraid you will lose your deposit.

To pay by credit card email asking for them to contact you to action a card payment. In the subject of the email you will need to write:
Sherburn & Villages U3A - Trip to Kew & Wisley September 2020
You will need to provide a telephone number for them to ring you.

The bank details if you wish to pay by BACS payments of balances are:
Account Name – Simply Groups Client Account
Sort Code – 20-11-88
Account No. 43747417
Quote as reference your surname and KEW.

If you are using either of these methods could you let Marjorie Smith know so that we can keep track?

If you wish to pay by cheque please make the cheque payable to Simply Groups client account and post it to Marjorie Smith.
Please email Marjorie to get the postal address
In this instance could you aim for it to arrive by Saturday 18th July to allow time to forward. The post seems slow at the moment.

A few people have queried whether we will be getting a discount following the Chancellor's statement on the 5% vat. I am afraid we will not.
The sale of package holidays falls under the Tour Operators Margin Scheme for VAT purposes. Following the recent Summer Statement, HMRC have issued guidance that Tour Operators however will continue to account for VAT at the standard VAT Rate of 20% during the period of temporary reduction in certain VAT supplies.

Many thanks

Marjorie Smith

Monday, 14 June 2021 - Holiday - Stranraer

Holiday based in Stranraer, staying at the Northwest Castle Hotel, 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast.
We will visit various gardens including visit to Logan Botanic.
prices and more information to follow

September 2022 - holiday -

3rd week September 2022
Garden Holiday based in Weston Super Mare and staying at Smiths Hotel on the seafront.

Reports on past visits -

Get together and AGM - January 2020 (report by Susan Ferguson)

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

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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