Borwick and Priest Hutton Gardeners Club – Programme 2019-20
22nd January 2019
The January meeting includes the club AGM following which seasoned orators and travellers Steuart and Anita Kellington will present an illustrated journey around ‘British Gardens of Note’
26th February 2019
David Prescott joins us in February to present Barnhaven Primroses. The strain dates back to the early 1940s in America when Florence Bellis first began developing the colours and characteristics we see today. Between 1966 and 1990 the nursery operated in Brigsteer and is now located in France from where they sell seed today. Many varieties are readily available in local garden nurseries.
26th March 2019
The return visit of author, public speaker and biographer Steven Helliwell in March promises high quality photography and in depth detail about the Gardens of Holker Hall which have evolved over many hundreds of years, under the guidance of generations of the Cavendish Family. Each owner has made their mark, adding new features and plantings, to create a garden that is now rich in character and beauty. At its heart, it remains a family garden and while its scale is grand, it retains an intimacy in its planting and design.
23rd April 2019
In April, Bryan Yorke will share with us his fascination for Orchids and other rare flora. Bryan has searched the clints and grykes of Hutton Roof limestone pavements for individual plants, recorded varieties and in some cases provided protection against damage for the rarest amongst them. Bryan will enthuse us with his explanation of why he feels to be on holiday everyday as he seeks out his beloved orchids.
29th May 2019
The principle garden visit of the summer includes an extended stopover at Northallerton en-route to Mount Grace Priory at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in North Yorkshire. The best preserved Carthusian priory in England, the Arts and Crafts manor house, and the gardens, recently renovated under the direction of Chris Beardshaw are all available to visitors. Travel by coach at a cost of £18/person from and to the village hall, pay entry of £8:60 on site (2018 price guide; concessions apply; NT and EH members free) and lose yourself in the quiet splendour of this 14th century gem.
This visit is not exclusive to garden club members; it’s available to people of all shapes and sizes. If you are interested in coming along, Diane Sunderland will be happy to assist – 01524 782111.
20th June 2019
An evening visit to ever popular Lower Rowell Farm has been arranged for 6:30pm on 20th June. This is a return visit two years after the previous visit fell foul of the weather. Members and visitors will make their own travel plans to the site between Crooklands and Millnthorpe (LA7 7LU) for a soft guided tour of these extensive gardens laid out in 1¼ acres around the farm house. They should be rich in summer colours. Tea and biscuits will be available. National Garden Scheme charity donation of £6:00, payable on the night, applies. Visitors welcome; as always.
24th September 2019
Veteran self taught photographer and accomplished speaker Maurice Steele from West Cumbria is coming South in September. His multi-media presentation about the formation and work of the National Trust, ‘From a Tiny Acorn’ covers 15 of the most interesting sites
22nd October 2019
The breadth of plants available to gardeners today owes much to plant hunters of a bygone age. Brian Gomm will explain the role of Reginald Farrer amongst others in introducing new plants to Britain and particularly around his home in Clapham.
26th November 2019
Lowther Castle gardens have recently been the subject of a project to recapture and restore the 17th century layout together with layers of later design. Local historian, and supporter of Dales ponies, Janet Niepokojczycka will share with us some of the history and the more recent work of the Lowther Trust in producing a stunning visitor attraction. As the club is celebrating its 30 year anniversary, this meeting will include a Jacob’s Join light finger buffet and wine instead of the usual mince pies. Former members are most welcome.
There is no meeting in December.
24th January 2020
Tom Attwood of Halecat Nursery takes inspiration for his designs from nature in the immediate vicinity of his work. Roadside Verges provide a ready supply of research material conditioned by local soils and climate. He will join us in January to explain how. This meeting will also encompass the club AGM.