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West Yorkshire

About the Group

The group meets at the Paxton Horticultural Society Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Headingley Leeds, LS5 2AB (map)

Pat hunter
07776 300580
For full details visit the West Yorkshire Group Website

2019 Programme

All talks commence at 7-30 pm unless otherwise stated

January 11th, 2019  
AGM followed by
'Woodland Plants for Connoisseurs'
Michael Myers
Plantsman and Lecturer, Michael has a particular interest in alpine and woodland plants which he grows in his garden at Summerbridge
February 8th, 2019    
'Sledmere Gardens through the Year' 
Andrew Karavics  

Andrew trained at Bishop Burton College & arrived at Sledmere House in 2009 having moved south from Cambo in Fife. He became Head Gardener in 2011
March 8th, 2019
'Things that turn me on – Confessions of a Plant Freak'
Nick Macer
Nick is the owner of Pan Global Plants. He describes himself as a ‘Globetrotting botanical nerd’
April 12th, 2019 
'Shady characters and shy maidens'
Peter Williams

Regular contributor to the HPS Journal, Peter has a wonderful 3 acre garden in East Yorkshire, where he also propagates an amazing variety of plants.
We visited his garden – Weathervane House - on our Day Trip in 2016
May 4th, 2019
SOLD OUT Contact group for waiting list
THE MAGIC OF PLANTS  - biennial conference
​Britannia Leeds-Bradford Airport Hotel, Bramhope, Leeds
Jimi Blake    'Hunting Brook through the Seasons'
John Grimshaw    'Paying Rent : plants that earn their keep'
Rosy Hardy    'The Plants are the Stars of the Show'
John Massey    'The Magic of the Changing Seasons – Spring into Summer'

Plant Sales – Green End Farm Nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Morton Plants Nursery, Ridgefield Cottage Nursery and HPS West Yorkshire
May 10th, 2019    
Spring Plant Auction
Free admission for non-members
Summer visits, Holiday and Day Trip
Dates and locations to be confirmed
August 30th, 2019  
​Bring along anything looking good from your garden
Enjoy a friendly chat about plants & pick up tips along the way
September 13th, 2019  
Samantha & Nigel Hopes 
Samantha and Nigel are the owners of Hope’s Garden Plants in the West Midlands, where they manage the national collection of Primula auricula
October 11th, 2019
Autumn Plant Auction
Free admission for non-members
November 8th, 2019 
'Weeding of the 5000'
Jaime Blake

Jaime is Head Gardener at Bressingham Gardens, Norfolk
December 13th, 2019 
Christmas Social

2018 Programme

January 12th, 2018
AGM  followed by           
‘Mycorrhizal Fungi’
Professor Alastair Fitter  CBE FRS

Ecologist & Author from the University of York.
February 9th, 2018          
‘Newby Hall Gardens’
Mark Jackson 

Head Gardener at Newby Hall
March 9th, 2018
‘My Dream Garden’
Heather Russell  

A welcome return by Heather talking of the changes she has made
April 13th, 2018
‘The Plant Lovers Guide to Epimediums’
Sally Gregson 
of Mill Cottage Plants, Henley Mill, Wookey, Somerset, specialist in Hydrangeas & Epimediums, Nurserywoman & Author
To order plants from her to bring along please go to https://millcottageplants
May 11th, 2018
Saturday June 30th – 4th July, 2018 
Saturday July 28th, 2018
August 31st, 2018
Bring along anything looking good from your garden
Enjoy a friendly chat about plants & pick up tips along the way.
September 14th, 2018
‘Plants Grow in Dirt’
Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers
A talk designed to stimulate & provoke
October 12th, 2018
Autumn Plant Auction
November 9th, 2018         
David Hall
– of  the famous nursery Halls of Heddon
December 14th, 2018     
Christmas  Social – see videos from our events this year, enjoy a fun quiz,  supper and chat.

2017 Programme

All talks commence at 7-30 pm unless otherwise stated

January 13th. 2017
AGM + ‘Behind the Scenes at Harrogate Flower Shows’
Nick Smith  Shows Director
February 10th, 2017
‘Unnatural Gardening’
Peter Williams

March 10th, 2017
‘My Famous Women Gardeners’
Howard Drury ex Ashwood Nursery
April, 2017
Evening Garden Visits begin
April 14th, 2017
‘The Gardens at Wynyard Hall - Roses, but not as we know them’    
Alistair Baldwin

Landscape designer

Saturday May 6th, 2017  9-30 am to 4-30pm
Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, LS6 3QS
4 Renowned Speakers
Bunny Guinness, Garden Designer, TV and Radio presenter
Troy Scott-Smith, Head Gardener, Sissinghurst
Val Bourne, Gardener and Journalist
Marina Christopher, Phoenix Perennials
Plant Sales – Phoenix Perennials, Ridgefield Nursery, Green Farm Nursery, 
HPS West Yorkshire plant stall PLUS gardening supplies and books.
Tickets: £25 from Vicky Harris, 4 Park Crescent, LS20 8EL
t. 07852 163733

May 12th, 2017
June 24th,2017          
July 1st – 5th, 2017  
Holiday to Somerset 
staying at Bridgewater College
September 8th, 2017
‘Tulips in the Wild & in Cultivation’
Dr. John Page

from Solihull
October 13th, 2017
November 10th, 2017
‘Alan Bloom’
Jaime Blake

from Bressingham Gardens
December 8th, 2017

2016 Programme

8th January, 2016 AGM at 7.00pm followed by
'Hepaticas & Aconites'
Michael Myers

12th February, 2016 7.30pm
'New Plants'
Doug Stewart
A professional horticulturalist, broadcaster on Radio Humberside and very entertaining speaker.

11th March, 2016 7.30pm
'An Ear to the Ground'
Dr. Ken Thompson
Honorary Senior Lecturer at Sheffield University. Author and journalist for the Telegraph Gardening Section

8th April, 2016 7.30pm
'The Versatile World of Salvias'
Leila Jackson
BSc in Horticulture of T3 Wall End Nursery specialising in Salvias & Abutilons.

13th May, 2016 7.30pm
Members donate plants to be auctioned to raise funds for our group. Non- members welcome!

21st May, 2016 
details later

25th June, 2016 
29th Holiday in Essex
Visiting gardens & nurseries, staying at Writtle College.

26th August, 2016 7.30pm
Members bring samples of plants which are looking good from their gardens and give a short talk about each.

9th September, 2016 7.30pm
'From Diaz to Diamonds'
Timothy Walker
Looking at plants of the Western Cape of South Africa one of the most botanically diverse areas of the world

14th October, 2016 7.30pm

11th November, 2016 7.30pm
'A Plantsman’s Garden in North Yorkshire'
Dr. John Grimshaw
Director of the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust

9th December, 2016 7.30pm

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