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18th March  At our first meeting for 2010, Sue Wood from Harrogate Borough Council is coming to talk to us about Harrogate’s Parks – a rather different scale of gardening to that of most of us. Arranged by Gillian Dodd - Secretary.

15th April
     We will be joined by Ben Asquith and Rachel Cunningham from Brandy Carr Nurseries near Wakefield, who will talk to us informally about rhubarb and liquorice growing, illustrated by real examples of crowns and roots. Brandy Carr was founded by Ben’s Great-grandfather in 1870 to grow flowers and ferns for country house conservatories and fruit for the Victorian table. Now, Brandy Carr boasts over 100 rhubarb varieties, as well as its culinary and ornamental liquorice. We look forward to a fascinating and informative evening. Arranged by Gillian Dodd - Secretary.

20th May
7:00pm - Visit to Creskeld Hall, Arthington. Meet at Village Hall at 6:30 pm for car share.
Cost £5 for members, to include drink and nibbles. Guests £7.50. Sue will provide a print-out of directions and collect the payments for the owner Mrs Stoddart Scott. Arranged by: Sheila and Sue.
17th June
visit is to Willsgill House, Guiseley. Maximum 30 people.  Meet at Village Hall at 6:00 pm for car share. Price £5 members, guests £7.50, to include light refreshments. Arranged by Jane and Tom.
15th July
- Bring your secateurs and edgers from 6.30 to help keep the church grounds trim.  We may find a garden or two to visit close by and then enjoy a drink and light supper in the church grounds if fine - or The Smiths Arms across the road if inclement!

This event turned into a very enjoyable 'bring and share' evening and ended in the village hall with lots of food and drink and gardening stories.

19th August
- No meeting

16th September
Our speaker at 7.30 in the village hall was Michael D Myers, of Fairview at Smelthouses, near Summerbridge.  Some people may have visited Michael’s wonderful garden, or read of it, as he opens for the Alpine Garden Society. His garden is ½ acre on a steep south-west facing slope with woodland to the east. It includes bog plants, shade lovers, formal rose garden, raised beds, alpine house and frames, small fernery, 150 different named snowdrops AND new features still being added!
Excellent slide show and informative speaker. Michael spoke to us about “Trees and shrubs for smaller gardens”. The meeting was arranged by Helen Johnson.

21st October - Practical demonstration - 'Arranging flowers and vegetables' by member Pat Pacey.  This informative demonstration will not just be one for the ladies - some of the most well-known arrangement demonstrators are men!

18th November - Local gardener and colleague of the late Geoffrey Smith when working at Harlow Carr Gardens, Mr Mike Foxon, will be entertaining us.

16th December - AGM and Social. Venue is the Village Hall.  Bring a contribution towards ssupper and enjoy the quiz and other 'gardening-related' entertainment!

For more details please contact: Gillian Dodd (Secretary), (01423) 873186 or

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