2018 Meeting dates:


For just £15 you get a season of stimulating evening talks by big names in gardening, and visits to iconic gardens in the summer months. Why not come and join us?

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 £5 for non members, members free. Membership is £15 per year.

2018 Club programme
January 18th Russ Watkins The Winter Garden
Preceded by the club Annual General Meeting
Russ is a Team Leader at RHS Harlow Carr
February 15th Phil Airey Horticap
Horticap is based at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road in Harrogate where suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills in a supportive and friendly working environment so that they may develop their social and communication abilities. Horticap aims to help students extend their knowledge and skills, through structured training using professionally qualified staff and volunteers and thereby build, maintain and grow a beautiful garden for members of the public of all ages to enjoy which includes a wildlife and bird spotting area, as well as beautiful flowers, plants, trees and shrubs.
March 15th Michael Myers Wild Flower Gardens With Style
Michael is a lecturer at Craven College, Harrogate, and talks extensively to groups on a wide range of horticultural topics. He also owns half an acre of garden which includes bog plants, shade lovers, a formal rose garden, raised beds, an Alpine house, frames and a small fernery.
Botanical and gardening tweets from a self-confessed plantaholic with a weakness for snowdrops.
Galanthus plicatus 'E. A Bowles' Value: around £150. was found in 2004 by Michael Myers in the garden of the famous plantsman, E A Bowles and named for him. In the long run this is going to be one of the most popular varieties grown. It's a superb snowdrop, one of the best ever found, with six large pure white petals. Spectacularly vigorous, often having two flowers per bulb and flowering even on small side bulbs, flowering relatively late in the season. It also has broad blue-green leaves with folded edges. Other poculiform varieties had been found but none had survived.
April 19th Tom Atwood The Restoration of Gardens

After three years at Kew, Tom became head gardener at Rydal Hall where he oversaw the restoration of the Thomas Mawson gardens and developed a community vegetable garden. Next, he worked with Arabella Lennox-Boyd at Gresgarth Hall before two years lecturing at Newton Rigg College.

During this time, he, along with his wife Abi, secured the tenancy of Halecat Plants near Grange Over Sands and spent two years of their spare time overhauling the site. They reopened in 2011 and stock an eclectic range of plants. They also run courses and design inspirational borders
May 17th Plant Sale Club Plant Sale
Fundraising for your club. Plants, tea, coffee and cake.
Non members welcome, no charge for admission
June 21st (Thursday) Evening visit Visit to Todmorden Rhododendrons. 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Cost of the visit £6.00
There will be Tea, Coffee, cakes and scones, or cheese and biscuits. Some plants for sale.
The post code is OL14 6QX there is not much parking at the house so if people share cars it would be better. They can arrange a little parking up the lane when they know how many people are coming. Bring midge repellant and wear sensible shoes, there are some steep steps.
Directions from the Village Hall to the Gardens may be viewed here.
In Walsden, turn left up St Peter's Gate by the post office with traffic lights outside. Cross the canal and bear right up Birks Lane. 'Birks Clough' is the last house on your left 0.3 mile after turning off the main road and is opposite a field gate on the right with a telegraph pole beside it. Parking will also be available at the side of a farm track off to the right, 60 yards beyond 'Birks Clough', signposted 'South Hollingworth Barn, Camel Hump Farm, South Hollingworth Farm' on a large stone.
July 8th (Sunday) Visit

Visit to Gresgarth

Total cost will be £22 for coach and admission to garden. £10 deposit by cash or cheque due at the April meeting and the balance at the May meeting.
August 18th (Saturday) Visit Hirst Wood Nature Reserve, Saltaire.
Meet at Hirst Wood car park at 2.00 pm. Tour of the nature reserve, donations please, followed by a visit to the cafe. Directions here.
September 20th Samantha Hopes Becoming a plantswoman

Samantha initially trained and worked as a Geologist working on research projects at The University of Birmingham. Her passion was Geological mapping, which soon found her distracted by the plants growing on and around the rocks, more than the rocks themselves!
​Following this growing interest, she became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, studying at Pershore College in the evenings.
​The following year her training moved on to the RHS Garden Wisley, where she specialised in Rock and Alpine plants. While there she also worked for short stints at Kew and Great Dixter.
​After graduating she went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries. This became one of her passions, alongside specialist alpines and a new breading program with Roscoeas. She left Ashwoods in 2016 to look after their baby boy.
​Alongside Nigel, she has thrown herself into creating and building their own garden, propagating and growing a range of unusual plants at home to sell at their talks. The pair created their own nursery, Hopes Garden Plants, at Halesowen in the West Midlands.

Samantha will have greetings cards and plants for sale at the meeting.
October 18th Fergus Garrett An evening with
Fergus is our keynote speaker for 2018.
Fergus trained in horticulture at Wye College, London University. He worked in Kent for Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School, for Beth Chatto at the Unusual Plants Nursery in Essex and then for the Sackler family at Cap d’Antibes and Gstaad. In 1992 he became head gardener at Great Dixter, working closely with Christopher Lloyd until Christopher’s death in 2006. Since then he has become Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. Fergus works full-time, hands-on in the garden, as well as writing and lecturing extensively across the world.
Head gardener Fergus Garrett writing about the challenge of working at Great Dixter.
Great Dixter's head gardener is now a chief executive and a celebrity in his own right, in great demand for lectures around the world.
Admission is free for members. £10 for visitors if booked in advance or £12.50 on the door.
November 15th Mark Jackson 'Revamping Those Famous Long Borders' - the recent replanting of Newby Hall's double herbaceous borders.
Mark is Head Gardener at Newby Hall
"Caring for the garden today and working with the garden team and family to improve and develop the garden ensuring its future is a great privilege. With all that we do now it is very humbling to know that our hard work will become part of the garden’s history".
December   NO MEETING