2020 Meeting dates:


For just £25 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 £25 per year.

2020 Club programme
January 16th John Grimshaw Gardens of Kenya
John is a gardener; writer; Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum; member of the RHS Woody Plant Committee; Honorary Elder Lerang'wa Village Tanzania

His profile reads: "I have been interested in plants all my life, as both gardener and botanist, and hold a first class degree in botany and doctorate in African forest ecology from Oxford University. My Tanzanian connections remain important, and I’m proud to be an honorary elder of the Maasai community of Lerang’wa, Tanzania. African plants remain an important botanical interest, but I’m fascinated by all plants and have grown a huge diversity in my gardens. I have travelled widely to see plants growing in habitat. My first book was The Gardener’s Atlas (1998), recounting the journeys plants have made from their source to our gardens.

Working in The Netherlands for the seed company K. Sahin, Zaden. B.V., where I was responsible for developing perennials and other plants for the seed trade, gave me invaluable experience of commercial horticulture and management. Following that I was Gardens Manager at Colesbourne Park, Gloucestershire, 2003-2012, where I was responsible for maintaining and developing the historic Elwes family garden, especially the snowdrop collection. I am co-author of the monograph Snowdrops (2002) with M Bishop & A Davis, published by my company, Griffin Press. Between 2004-2009 I was principal author of a major book on trees introduced in the past 35 years, entitled New Trees, Recent Introductions to Cultivation, with co-author Ross Bayton, sponsored by the International Dendrology Society. It was published by RBG Kew, in May 2009.

In August 2012 I became Director of The Yorkshire Arboretum, North Yorkshire, with responsibility for the 120 acre arboretum and 20 acre Ray Wood, on the Castle Howard estate. This involves a wide range of management and administrative duties, fundraising and networking as well as active curation of the extensive collection. I am a member of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Advisory Group on Nomenclature and Taxonomy, and is Vice-chair of the Woody Plant Committee. In 2012 I led the RHS review of the Award of Garden Merit."

You can follow John on Twitter and read his blog here.
February 20th Katy Merrington The Hepworth Gardens, Wakefield
March 19th Lucy Bellamy  
Lucy is editor of Gardens Illustrated
April 16th Anne Britt

Garden Design

May 21st CLUB PLANT SALE Tea, Coffee and Cake

Please bring loose cash to buy your plants - £20 notes are not helpful because they will take all our float. Plants will NOT be sold until after the tables have been set out and announcements have been made. A drink and homemade cake will cost £2.50 and please come back for seconds for a small donation.

If you are donating plants please label them, so that we know what they are. To make cheap labels you can cut up a milk carton and write on it with a CD pen or other permanent marker.

June 18th (THURSDAY) Visit to Brookfield, Oxenhope  





July 16th (THURSDAY) Visit Elaine Robinson  


August date TBC (SATURDAY) Visit to Trentham Gardens  


FOR ALL TRIPS please pay by cheque made out to Oxenhope Gardening Club.
September 17th Razwan Chisu  
October 15th Andy Sturgeon Space and Form
Andy is our keynote speaker for 2020. Admission will be £TBC in advance for non members or £TBC on the door.
November 19th Speaker TBC  
December   NO MEETING