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 -

Monday, 27 May 2019 - Barbara Ferrari's Garden 1.00pm - Great Heck

On Bank Holiday Monday 27th,ex garden group member Barbara Ferrari has an NGS opening of her garden in Great Heck.

Bridge Farm House, Yellow book 9, is a 2 acre garden divided by hedges into separate areas planted with unusual and interesting plants. All year interest starts with hellebores, winter shrubs and over 150 named snowdrops. Long double mixed borders; bog, gravel garden, interesting trees. Hens; compost heaps and wildlife areas.

£4 admission.   Refreshments available plus plants sales.   Garden group’s Susan Ferguson will be manning the plant stall so look out for her.

Open 12 – 4.00, meet there around 1.00. The postcode is  DN14 0BE, it will take about 25 minutes from Sherburn and the cost to be shared between car sharers is £7.40. Let Marjorie smith know if you need or can offer a carshare.

Thursday, 30 May 2019 - Pauline Richardson's Garden 1.00pm - Sherburn

An afternoon at Pauline Richardson’s landscaped garden in Sherburn, which has very few plants. We are invited to arrive anytime between 1 and 6 to give Pauline ideas and advice for planting her garden.
50p to pay for refreshments
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you will be there.

Friday, 14 June 2019 - Markenfield Hall 2.00pm - Ripon

A visit to the public NGS opening of Markenfield Hall, Ripon.
The work of the Hall’s owner Lady Deirdre Curteis and Giles Gilbey. Mature planting combines with newly-designed areas, where walls with espaliered apricots and figs are foregrounded by a mix of hardy perennials. The final phase of restoration started in 2017 when the Farmhouse-wing’s garden was re-planted to eventually blend seamlessly with the Hall’s main East Border
Yellow book 56
Admission £6, refreshments available
HG4 3AD, we will carshare is possible
Meet there 2.00
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you will be there.

Monday, 1 July 2019 - York Cemetery 2.00pm -

A visit to York Cemetery which is a grade II listed landscape and is one of only two privately owned Victorian cemeteries in the UK. Founded in 1837, it now encompasses 24 acres.
The tour will start in the chapel fora short talk on the history of York Cemetery followed by a tour of the cemetery looking at the gardens and trees.
The cost is £5 per person including tea/coffee and biscuits at the end of the tour.
2.00 start.
NB this is York Cemetery, Cemetery Road, post code YO10 5AJ, Don’t go to Fulford!!!
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you will be there.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Gardening at Beningborough Hall 9.30am - Beningborough, York

We're delighted to have been invited to spend a day at National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall learning all about their gardens, having some hands-on tuition and volunteering for the afternoon in the walled vegetable garden.
Meet at 9.30 at the entrance gates YO30 1DD (the hall doesn't open till 10.30 so there will be someone there early to meet us) - we will have an introductory talk about the gardens, followed by a talk about the vegetable gardens. Then we will have an afternoon in the walled garden working on various projects and learning about fruit and vegetable growing and propagation. The day will cost £4 per person (NT members and nonmembers the same since this is a special day they are putting on for us). Tea and coffee will be provided but bring your own lunch. We will have a space put aside for our lunch and to leave belongings, have coffee, etc. It might be useful to bring gardening gloves if you wear them and please wear clothes appropriate for the weather. There is no need to bring any tools. We expect the day to finish at about 3.30pm.

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.
We’ll meet in the café at 11.00 where we’ll display a U3A bag. We’ll try to car share where possible.
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you'll be there.

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

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, 23 September 2019 - Garden Holiday in Dorset - Dorset

23rd - 27th September
Garden holiday based at the Hotel Royale in Bournemouth.
£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

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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