Details of Meetings
Thursday 21 July
7:00 Visit to Yorke House, Dacre Banks.
Arranged by Pat Pacey, phone 505126.
Meet at Village Hall at 6:15 for car share.
Price inc. refreshments £5 Members, £7 guests.
We next meet on Thursday 21st July at 7pm, when we will be visiting Yorke House at Dacre Banks. This is a 2-acre garden developed by Pat and Tony Hutchinson, with colour-themed borders full of flowering and foliage plants and shrubs. It has extensive water features including large ornamental ponds and stream, a nut walk, rose walk, patios, gazebo, Millennium garden and wildlife area. The garden enjoys beautiful views across Nidderdale. Our visit, including refreshments, is £5 for Members and £7 for non-members. Please meet at 6:15 at Beckwithshaw Village Hall to share cars and for directions.
Non-members will be very welcome, but as a courtesy to our hosts, we do need to give an indication of numbers the week before, so if you think you may like to join us, please can you let me know by 14 July.
Gillian Dodd (Secretary), (01423) 873186 or mailto:email@example.com
Thursday 18 August
Possible visit to be confirmed.
Thursday 15 September
Talk to be confirmed.
Thursday 20 October
A talk by Chris Abbott whose garden is Kelberdale in Knaresborough.
Arranged by: Gillian Dodd, phone 873186
Thursday 17 November
Hilary Dodson from Northern Fruit Group – “Fruit growing tasks for winter & planning new planting”.
Arranged by: Gillian Dodd, phone 873186
Thursday 15 December
Festive gathering, details to be confirmed.
Gardening Club meets on the third Thursday of each month except January and February. Spring and Autumn meetings have a speaker and are usually in Beckwithshaw Village Hall from 7.30 p.m. until around 9.30 p.m. They are friendly and informal events, always with a cuppa, cake or biscuits and the opportunity for “gardening gossip”. For our summer meetings, we arrange visits to gardens of interest in the area and we car-share, so non-drivers can join in too.
Annual membership is £10 per person which is put towards paying for speakers. We also pay £1 per meeting to cover the charge for the Village Hall, whilst the summer visits are individually priced to be self-financing. New members will be most welcome or come along as a Visitor (£3 for speaker meetings) to see if you like us.
All members help with arranging the programme and in finding speakers and places to visit, but if you have suggestions or queries, contact our Secretary, Gillian Dodd on 873186 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
DETAILS OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN 2011
Just a reminder that on Thursday 16 June at 6:30, we are going to see “Kelberdale”, Chris Abbott’s garden near Knaresborough. Chris created this plantsman’s garden from a field and it now offers something for everyone. It has won three national awards, is bounded by the River Nidd and provides year round interest, with a large herbaceous border, conifer and colour themed beds, alpines, pond, vegetable and meadow. Our tour, with tea and biscuits, is £4 for Gardening Club Members and £6 for non-members. Please meet at 5:45 at Beckwithshaw Village Hall to share cars, as parking is limited, and to collect a map/directions.
Non-members are very welcome on our visits, so do bring friends, but as a courtesy to our hosts, we need to give an indication of numbers. If you are a non-member or a member bringing guests, please can you let either Jane Muirhead or me know by (Tuesday) evening.
Dear All I am delighted to confirm that we have a speaker from Harlow Carr for this week’s meeting: Andrew Willocks is in charge of the nursery and bird surveying and he will be talking to us about “Wildlife in the Garden”. We owe special thanks to Gerry Smith for arranging this and we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday for a 7:30 start at the Village Hall as usual. We may be sharing the Hall with the decorators’ equipment, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of space for us too and the kitchen will still be accessible for us to make tea! Do bring friends and non-members as we expect this to be a particularly interesting talk for people with a range of outdoor interests. Our Raffle this month will be for a Fuchsia Hanging Basket, planted and donated by Gerry.
April meeting - Our next meeting is on Thursday 21 April, at 7:30 pm at Beckwithshaw Village Hall. Chris Freeman is coming to talk to us about Yorkshire Water. As he is a keen gardener, water in gardens will feature and he will tell us about aspects of water supply that are essential, but largely unseen and unsung. “All the things we want to know about water, but don’t know to ask!” Do join us to hear all about it.
March 2011 - Our first meeting of 2011 was a talk by Judith Hart, the Education Officer for Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers, who talked to us about “Bees, Beekeeping and Flowers for Bees”. Judith has kept bees since 1999 and she advised us which flowers to plant in order to attract and help bees all year round. Her talk was captivating and we were amazed by the sophistication and complexity of social structure in a bee hive. Judith was very knowledgeable and highly entertaining – there was truly a buzz about the whole evening! Judith asked that instead of a fee, we should make a donation to the “Bees for Development Trust” which we were delighted to do. (www.beesfordevelopment.org)
Our first raffle for Club funds was supported by Brookside Nursery, Leeds Road, with a selection of 6 perennials for the first prize, won by Jane.
We have started a “snippets” information board at the meetings, for everyone to bring any items they think will interest fellow gardeners. For example, it was pointed out that one of Harrogate’s big DIY / gardening stores is offering £5 worth of free seeds if you sign up on their website!