2014-2015 Programme

  • September 9th

    Trees and Shrubs in the Small Garden

    Graham Porter

    Graham did his apprenticeship at Southend Parks Department, went to train at Askham Bryan College, then returned to Southend Parks to be in charge of the cliff top gardens. He eventually became Head Gardener Brackenhurst College, where he was first introduced to training and education. Graham became a full time lecturer until 1996, when he started his own horticultural consultancy business. Graham's talk is based on an overview of trees and shrubs in a small garden setting with practical ideas on how to play games with our woody friends

  • October 14th

    Bordering on Insanity

    Timothy Walker

    Since 1986 Timothy has given lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural Societies and other groups, in Britain, Ireland, America and Australia. Since 1994 he has been a college lecturer in Plant conservation at SomervilleCollege & Pembroke College, both in Oxford. Timothy also works as Director at Oxford Botanic Gardensand Arboretum. If you want to know what to put in your border, to keep it interesting, then this is theone for you, as Timothy's talk looks at the herbaceous border in his wife's garden and will cover the principles practicalities needed when creating an all year round border.

  • November 11th

    The Way we were

    Doug Stewart

    Doug's horticultural career started when he was 13 when he won a contract to supply fresh vegetables to thevillage shop. He trained as a professional horticulturist & has worked as a lecturer, landscaper & plant propagator. After 20 years in horticultural education, Doug now enjoys working for himself, & is widelypublished and contributes to both radio and TV. Doug's talk builds on his passion of collecting & reading old gardening magazines and books. He willlook at gardening 60 years ago and how things have changed e.g. flower shows and the humble shed.

  • December 9th

    Harlow Carr Gardens

    Paul Cook

    Paul started as a trainee at Arley Hall & Gardens Cheshire. He did a 3 year diploma course at Royal Botanic gardens Kew, then lectured at Reaseheath College Nantwich before running his own garden design business. He returned to Arley Hall Gardens as Head Gardener and then took on curatorial role at Ness Botanic Garden in 2002. In 2013 Paul became the curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and is responsible for developing the garden's plant collection.

  • January 13th

    The Hardy Planters Winter Survivals Kit

    Don Witton

    Don Witton is a school teacher by profession but has been a gardener for over 40 years and an avid "Hardy Planter". He holds the Plant Heritage National Collection of hardy Euphorbia, which has been featured on BBC 2 Gardeners World. He has appeared in many gardening magazines and written 2 books. I know his talk does not mention Euphorbia but I am sure they will make an appearance. Don's talk looks at plants, projects, activities & strategies to help us get through the remaining dark nights & cold days before spring.

  • February 10th

    Swinton Park Gardens

    Susan Cunliffe-Lister

    Susan transformed the gardens at Burton Agnes Hall and in 2001 was voted Country Life magazine's Gardener of the year. In 2000 Swinton Park and gardens came back into the Cunliffe-Lister's family and the park & gardens restored. The mastermind of it all was Susan Cunliffe-Lister who now hosts Garden Lunches & Garden Design Days. Susan has previously given us an enjoyable talk about Burton Agnes Hall gardens, so we are very happy for her to make a return visit to talk about Swinton Park Gardens.

  • March 24th

    Alpines in Containers

    Michael Mitchell, Slack Top Nursery

    Michael set up Slack Top Alpine Nursery, based near Hebden Bridge, on leaving Askham Bryan College in 1986 & now has nearly 30 years experience in the propagation & cultivation of alpine & woodland plants, and raised many new varieties. Michael has taught alpine courses at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens & speaks widely to gardening groups. He and his wife now exhibit in major UK flower shows and have won 9 gold medals. I know you will be inspired when you hear Michael's talk, whether you wish to start growing alpines or already have them in your garden

  • April 14th

    A year in the life of a NGS garden

    William Moore

    William and John are both keen gardeners, who bought Cow Close Cottage in 2008 with the sole purpose of creating a garden, and for a place to retire to. Having spent a year getting to know the site they began to plant their first border in 2009. Since then they have created 6 borders, done a number of landscape projects including building bridges across a stream. In 2014 they have started to extend the garden to include a ha-ha and in 2015 will be creating a wildflower meadow. The club visited this lovely garden in 2013 so are looking forward to hearing how you create and maintain a NGS garden throughout the year, and we have been promised lots of interesting photographs

  • May 12th

    Plant Auction

    Nidderdale Hardy Planters

    Nidderdale Hardy Planters very own plant auction

  • June 14th

    Trip to Lancashire

    Nidderdale Hardy Planters

    Holden Clough Nursery & Gresgarth Hall garden open day.

  • July 5th

    Trip to Lincolnshire

    Nidderdale Hardy Planters

    Hall Farm Gardens & Brightwater Gardens formally known as the Garden House.