2011 Meeting dates:


All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm in Oxenhope Community Centre.

Admission, unless otherwise noted, is £3 for non members, members free. Membership is £10 per year.

Click on the dates below for more details.




January 20th       

Sandra Angadi

Gardening in France

February 17th                

Sue Beesley

(RHS Gardener of the Year 2007)

Panning for Gold

March 17th                                            

Sir Roderic Llewellyn

Imaginative Ideas and Colour Co-ordination In Your Garden

(Non-members tickets £10  Enquire 01535 642684 or 01535 644447)

April 21st   

Julian Davies

Vegetable Gardening

May 19th

Club Visit

Hill Top, Ilkley Moor. 7.00 pm

June 18th

Club Outing

Brotherton-Leyland, Lancashire. Saturday 9.15 am.

July 24th

Summer Lunch

Plant Swap in the Village Hall. Sunday 12.30 pm.

August 18th

Club Visit

Mrs Pat Clark's garden in Harrogate. 7.00 pm

September 15th

Jacqueline Iddon

In the Shade.

October 20th

Ruth Wild

(From Daisy Days - Haworth)

Creative Designs in Floristry.

November 17th

Linda Smith

(Gold Medal Chelsea 2011)

Water gardens.

December 15th

Christmas Party





January 2011. Tonight’s speaker is a member of our committee, Sandra Angadi. Having enthralled the committee with some of her gardening experiences in France we are delighted that Sandra has eventually been persuaded to give a talk to the club. Here are two of Sandra Angadi's photographs, before and after, with roughly the same view illustrating her January talk "Gardening in France". From Field to Garden - 10 years of toil!





February 2011. Sue Beesley is making a return visit, having spoken to us after becoming the R.H.S. Gardener of the year in 2006. We visited her garden and nursery at Bluebell cottage near Warrington in 2008.



March 2011. Our celebrity speaker this year is Sir Roddy Llewellyn, a British baronet, landscape gardener, journalist and author. He runs his own garden design company and has an article in the February edition of The English Garden.

Non member tickets will shortly be available at £10.



April 2011. Julian Davies from Stockbridge Technology Centre (Leaders in technology transfer to agriculture and horticulture) will be speaking on vegetable gardening.



May 2011. We visit “Hill Top” the garden of Mrs. Lyn Short, situated on the edge of Ilkley Moor. Prior to the 1890’s a thatched farm cottage stood on the site and subsequently a school and a convalescent home, but in 1996 a Swedish timber framed house was built by the present owners. Major planting schemes have been carried out by Gardenmakers and Holden Clough. The garden has gravel paths and steep steps which can be slippery, but it is a very interesting garden dissected by a rushing stream and well worth a visit.

Garden details can be found here.



June 2011. The club outing on Saturday June 18th. is to Jacqueline Iddon’s Garden and nursery at Bretherton near Leyland, Lancashire. We will be leaving by coach at 9-15am from Oxenhope Station. The cost of £25 is totally inclusive of:

  • Coach fare
  • Tea/coffee on arrival
  • Tour of garden & nursery
  • Lunch of sandwiches, side salad
  • Tea/coffee & home made cake
  • 30 minutes demonstration/talk  

The garden is one & half acres split into different areas, a hot Mediterranean garden with bottle wall and folly for sun loving plants, a Victorian fern house and a walled garden, a woodland walkway for shade loving plants and a large stream fed pond planted with a wide range of unusual foliage & flowering plants, alongside climbing roses, clematis,  shrubs & herbaceous borders. In the garden there is a sculpture gallery and a hardy plant nursery, with a wide selection of perennial plants of interest to the keen gardener & flower arranger. There is a large garden studio & conservatory with indoor seating as an insurance against the weather. The garden has been featured in Lancashire Life, Flora Magazine, Gardens Illustrated & Lancashire Magazine.

Places on trip still available - please contact Treasurer 01535 642684.

Garden details can be found here.



July 2011. Our Summer Lunch this year is in the village hall with a plant swop. Bring a plant-preferably potted up and exchange it for another.



August 2011. We will be visiting Pat Clarke’s garden at Harrogate, a delightful garden which looks particularly good this month.

Garden details can be found here.



September 2011. Jacqueline Iddon visits us, an entertaining speaker, she will give an illustrated talk on shade loving plants to fill those difficult areas of dry and damp shade with the emphasis on foliage colour and leaf texture.



October 2011. Ruth Wild, of Daisy Days Haworth, will give an autumn flower arranging demonstration. (Ruth favours the use of British grown flowers).




November 2011. Linda Smith will be making a return visit to speak on Water Gardens. With her husband she runs Waterside Nursery, winners of a gold medal at Chelsea RHS show 2011, in Leicestershire. For further information and plant orders visit




December 2011. Weather permitting - Christmas Party and A.G.M.