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 Wakefield Gardens.

Katy is The Hepworth Wakefield Gardens' Cultural Gardener. Alongside Tom Stuart-Smith, Katy has been working on the planting of the garden and will have responsibility for maintaining it, as well as working with their learning team to devise an exciting outdoor programme. Katy has worked in some of the best gardens in the UK and USA including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at Logan, Dumfries & Galloway and Longwood Gardens: Pennsylvania, USA. Katy studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and has conducted freelance projects for galleries across Newcastle as well as leading a programme of family and engagement events in a wide range of gardens and art spaces.

The Garden contains over 14,000 herbaceous plants and shrubs, 120 meters of beech hedging and 52 trees have been introduced to the site. Carefully chosen for their colour and architectural form, the plants change through the seasons creating evolving vistas and year-round interest.
This is vastly improving the biodiversity of the site, offering rich pollen and nectar food sources for a variety of insects and much needed places for birds and insects to shelter, feed and reproduce, creating an oasis in the heart of the city. We are already seeing an increase in the amount of wildlife onsite.
Read Katy's January Diary here.
March 19th

Lucy Bellamy


The Transformation of an Urban Garden.
Lucy is editor of Gardens Illustrated
Her first book 'Brilliant and Wild' a garden from scratch in a year is a practical guide to making a blooming, bee-filled garden in a small space for new urban gardeners.
You can read about her book and her garden here.
April 16th

Anne Britt



Garden Design

May 21st CLUB PLANT SALE CANCELLED 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 CANCELLED




July 16th (THURSDAY) Visit Elaine Robinson CANCELLED  


August date TBC (SATURDAY) Visit to Trentham Gardens CANCELLED  


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