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, 20 March 2019 - Wire workshop 10.00am - Hillam

A creative day making a small creature out of wire led by Cindy Yaxley. This will be held at Susan Ferguson’s in Hillam from 10am to 4pm. Teas and coffees will be provided but bring a packed lunch. A choice of non-tarnish silver or copper wire. Cost £26.
A maximum of 10 people.
This is now fully booked, contact Marjorie Smith to go on the waiting list.

Monday, 25 March 2019 - Talk on ornamental grasses 10.30am - Fairburn

A talk by Gail and John Summerfield of Westshores Nurseries.
An introduction to Ornamental Grasses, a specialty of the nursery, and suggestions on how to get the most out of them.
There will be plants for sale.
10.30 start at the Church Hall in Silver Street, Fairburn. WF11 9JA
£3 a head including tea/coffee and biscuits.
2019 Yellow books will be available
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you will be there.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 - Holland with Keukenhoff gardens. - Holland

Sunday 14th April - Thursday 18th April, 2019
5 day Holland Trip in association with the Holiday and Travel group
See the Holiday Travel Group page for details

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 - Plant Swap 10.30am -

Plant swap and propagation demonstration at Susan’s garden in Hillam. Anyone who has charge of grandkids this week is welcome to bring well behaved ones along.
10.30 am, 50p a head including coffee/tea and biscuits
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you will be there.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - NGS Gardens visit 1.00pm - Grafton and Whixley

We plan a visit to an NGS public opening of a combined visit to Cobble Cottage and The Old Vicarage Whixley, and Well house at Grafton. 2019 Yellow book numbers 97 and 95.

Well House is on the outskirts of Grafton village, nestling under a hillside with long views to the White Horse and Hambleton hills, extending to 1½ acres, this garden was begun 38 years ago and is under constant change. A traditional English cottage garden, with herbaceous borders, climbing and rambling roses, and ornamental shrubs with a variety of interesting species

Cobble Cottage is imaginatively designed, constantly changing, small cottage garden full of decorative architectural plants and old family favourites. Interesting water garden, containers and use of natural materials. Black and white courtyard garden and Japanese - style garden with growing willow screen Featured in numerous garden magazines, including 'Amateur Gardening'

The Old Vicarage is a delightful ¾ acre walled flower garden overlooks the deer park. The walls, house and various structures within the garden are festooned with climbers. Mixed borders, old roses, hardy and half-hardy perennials, topiary, bulbs and many hellebores give interest all year. Gravel and old brick paths lead to hidden seating areas creating the atmosphere of a romantic English garden.

We will meet at 1.00 at Well house. YO51 9QJ
Combined admission is £7 for the 3 gardens.
Homemade teas will be available at The Old Vicarage.
We will try to carshare
Please tell Marjorie Smith if you will be there.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - Coach trip to Bodnant Gardens 8.00am -

Coach trip to the National Trust Gardens at Bodnant in Conwy. A world famous garden set against the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia. Terraces lead dramatically to a valley filled with azaleas, rhododendrons and acers. If we time it right the magnificent laburnum arch will be in flower. A garden for all seasons but possibly at it’s wonderful best in May.
We will leave Sherburn around 8.15am and return around 7.00pm, timings to be finally confirmed.
Please pay a non-refundable deposit of £5 in advance (£8 for non-garden group members) followed by the balance to be collected on the coach. At 2018 prices, the balance will be as follows but may increase for 2019. For all NT members and main RHS members (you must have an asterisk on your RHS card) this will be £5 and for everyone else £17.50. Please advise any membership when you pay your deposit.
We will be leaving Sherburn at 8am and will probably be back by 7.30.
Only 3 places remaining - book via Marjorie Smith

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

A visit to the public NGS opening of Barbara Ferrari’s garden Bridge Farm House in Great Heck.
Yellow book 9
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, DN14 0BE
Refreshments available
Garden group’s Susan Ferguson will be manning the plant stall.
Open 12 – 4.00, meet there 1.00.

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.

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.
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.
Please note there are no more single rooms. There are still twin and double rooms for two people sharing, plus one sole occupancy of a twin/double.
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 -

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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