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About the Group

The group meets at the Village Hall, Morton on Swale, Northallerton, DL7 9RL (map) 
Maurice Cook
01642 780927
For details of Garden visits please contact Alison Mackerell, 
t. 01609 781331, mobile 7708158712

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 7-30 pm unless otherwise stated

16th January, 2019
'Perennials for all Seasons'
Martin Fish

After his talk the author and broadcaster will host a ‘Gardeners Question Time’. Bring any query you like
20th February, 2019
'A Hardy Planters Winter Survival Kit'
Don Witton

A return visit from Don who will give us plants, projects, activities and strategies to help us through the winter months. Plants for sale
20th March, 2019
'Orchids and Lepchas – a journey through Sikkim'
Helen Jones

Helen has made many journeys plant hunting in the Himalayas. Proceeds from her talks go to School Aid in India
17th April, 2019
'An Introduction to Japanese Gardens'
Andy Bolton

Andy is the regional organiser for the Japanese Garden Society
15th May, 2019  (Change of speaker)
'Cacti and Succulents'
Graham Walker
Wednesday, 19th June at 11am.  Garden Visit
Mr Yorke's Walled Garden, 1a Cravengate , Richmond , DL10 4RE
Charming C18 walled garden ,redesigned with herbaceous border ,ponds, mature trees ,standard & climbing roses, veg. garden,fruit trees ,lawns and grassy paths. One acre pleasant , tranquil town garden. Fabulous views of Richmond Castle and Culloden Tower. The garden is on a hill. Main grass paths accessible with a wheelchair, but they are quite steep.
Adm £5 + £6 if home made refreshments required.
Please advise Pat Arnott e-mail or tel. 01609 770650 if you propose to attend and if possible pay in advance.
Wednesday, 17th July at 11am. Garden Visit
Manor Gardens, Sockburn Lane, Neasham, Darlington, DL2 1PH. 
The visit will consist of tea/coffee on arrival and then a wander round the garden (currently under a re-design) with a brief talk on the history of the garden itself and our current business and use of it. We will then gather together and I will show you a simple foam free floral arrangement in my style for you to have a go at yourselves at home. Then we can have cakes and more drinks and a chance to wander round the garden again on your own and some picking time from the picking beds if there are flowers up and ready to be picked. It usually takes about 2hrs for the whole thing. The garden is flat and of one level so accessible for wheelchairs and those with mobility issues but most of the paths are currently grassed so it can get wet under foot and I advise you to wear appropriate garden footwear.
Adm £6.25 + £5 if refreshments required
Please  advise Sue Kirkbride by e-mail, or tel. 01642 459772  if you propose to attend and if possible pay in advance.
Thursday 22nd August at 11am    Garden Visit
Mount Grace Priory Gardens ,Staddle Bridge, Northallerton DL6 3JG
The gardens at Mount Grace Priory have been completely revamped in a huge project led and designed by award winning gardener Chris Beardshaw.
The Head Gardener, James, will give us a guided tour of the gardens taking approximately one hour.
The new Orchard Cafe at Mount Grace serves lunches and snacks and there's a covered seating and picnic area if anyone would like to take a packed lunch.
Admission charges are: £11 per adult  or  £10.10 for concessions (which includes £2 for the garden tour)
Free entry to English Heritage and National Trust members plus £2 for the garden tour (If we have more than 11 HPS members attending there will be a 15 per cent discount)
If anyone is interested in a guided tour of the Priory then this can be arranged at an extra cost of £3 per person.
Please advise Linda Adamska by e-mail or tel. 01609 882 600 / mobile 07834 160 015 if you propose to attend and if possible pay in advance.
18th September, 2019
There is no evening meeting but instead . . .
Meet at 2pm at Dark Star Plants, East Rounton where Shaun Passman will give a short talk and then you are free to wander.
Roots Café and Mount Grace are both nearby
16th October, 2019
7.00: AGM
Peter Williams

Peter is an ecologist, plant physiologist, scientist and gardener and will enlighten us as to the wonderful range of garden plants this genus contains
20th November, 2019
'Designing with Plants'
Keely Metcalf

A talk about the principles of planting

2018 Programme

January 17th, 2018
'Littlethorpe Manor'
Eddie Harland
, the Head Gardener at Littlethorpe Manor near Ripon, will talk about ‘The Making of a Garden’.
February 21st, 2018
'The show must go on'
Nick Smith
, the Show Director for Harrogate Flower Shows, gives a light-hearted talk about the build up to the shows. There will be a draw for two tickets to the show.
March 21st, 2018
'Bees, Butterflies and Blooms'
Sue Wood.
April 18th, 2018
'Camassias, Chris, Chelsea and Chaos'
Stella Exley goes behind the scenes to describe growing for Chris Beardshaw, the RHS Gold Medal winning garden designer.
Plants for sale.
May 16th, 2018
To be arranged
September 19, 2018
'A beautiful landscape and some unwanted plants'
Peter Turton
from the North York Moors National Park describes how the Park deals with non-native invasive species.
October 17th, 2018
7.00: AGM
7.30: 'Up the Wall'
Neil Sayer will suggest climbing plants for every garden.
November 21st, 2018
'Gardening on the Radio' 
Julia Lewis
is not a gardener but will share her experiences at Radio York.

2017 Programme

18th January, 2017
'Thorp Perrow'
David Smith A photographic exploration of the changing seasons at the Arboretum
15th February, 2017
'Love at First Bite!'
Peter Walker 
The “workings of” carnivorous plants and how to grow them
Plants for sale
15th March, 2017
'Lavenders and Pinks'
Gill Tomkinson A hands on talk covering suggested varieties and propagation
Plants for sale.
19th April, 2017
'Planting Companions'
Gail Summerfield 
The attributes of a range of plants and the visual effect they can have in a design
Plants for sale.
16th May, 2017
Garden Visit  
11.00am Low Hall, Dacre Banks, Nidderdale HG3 4AA £5ish incl refreshments
2.30pm  Woodlands Cottage, Summerbridge, Nidderdale HG3 4BT £5 incl refreshments
17th May, 2017
'Living the Good Life – life on the smallholding at Old Sleningford Farm'
Rachel Benson
Power Point presentation and talk about the animals, fruit and veg growing, preserving, apple juicing and cider making.
Followed by blind tastings and preserves for sale
21st June, 2017
Garden Visit
11.00am  Havoc Hall, Oswaldkirk YO62 5XY £5.50 incl refreshments
2.00pm  Hillside, Ampleforth YO62 4DY £4.00, refreshments extra. Min 10
July 19th, 2017
Garden Visit
10.30pm  Cow Close Cottage, Hartwith HG3 3EY £6.00 incl refreshments. Min 8
pm  Ripley Castle Gardens, HG3 3AY free to RHS members - partner gardens 
16th August
Garden Visit 
11.00am  Moulton Hall, Moulton, Richmond DL10 6QH
This is a National Trust property, only open by arrangement, the visit is free to us all and includes entry to part of the house to look at the staircase area of which they are proud. The custodian would like us to give a small donation on their behalf to Georgian Theatre, Richmond. No refreshments
2.00pm  The Forge, Ravensworth DL11 7EU £5.50 incl refreshments
20th September, 2017
'The British Flower Industry'
Clarey Wrightson 
 Growing flowers for cutting and a history of the walled garden at Neasham, near Darlington.
18th October, 2017
7.00: AGM 
7.30: 'Winter Hanging Baskets and Tubs' 
Chris Small 
Practical demonstration and advice
Plants for sale.
15th November, 2017
'Flora of Teesdale' 
Ian Findlay 
Digital photography of the flora of Upper Teesdale

2016 Programme

20th January, 2016 
'Blossoms and Buddhas'
Helen Jones
Looking for flowers in the Eastern Himalayas.

17th February, 2016 
'European Gardens – A Taste of Summer'
Tony Cleaver
Tony takes us on a tour of gardens in Cordoba in Spain, Amsterdam and the Loire Valley.

16th March, 2016 
'The Hidden and Secret Places of Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens'
Bob Mansfield
Your chance to see what most visitors miss!

20th April, 2016 
'All you Need to Know about Alpines'
Michael Darvill
Michael talks about why he is interested in Alpines, suitable containers, rock gardens and the Himalayas.

18th May, 2016 
'The History of Ferns'
Neil Timm
a little bit of biology on the reproduction, wide range, usefulness in the garden and growing foreign species.

21st September, 2016 
'Unusual Perennials'
Howard Leslie
Howard uses his plants to illustrate his talk.

19th October, 2016 7.00: AGM, followed at 7.30 by
'The Late Summer Border'
Sarah Hopps
Ideas for keeping your borders looking good into the autumn. Sarah is a writer, broadcaster, travel guide and gardener.

16th November, 2016 
'Gardening in the Shade'
Ann Stark
This talk is based on Ann's experience of creating a garden on a shady site and the plants which she has used and which thrive there.



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