The group meet at Otley Methodist Church at 7.30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between September and May.
There is a program with expert guest speakers to inspire and inform, an annual plant auction and a Christmas party (see events section).
We have over two hundred members, with over one hundred attending each meeting. Membership is £14 for the year, guest membership is £3 for one evening.
Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, the group was formed in January 1947 for the purpose of promoting and extending interest in gardening
A light-hearted look behind the scenes of growing for Chris Beardshaw’s garden at Chelsea. Stella runs Harespring Cottage Plants, an independent nursery, and is a National Collection holder of Camassia. Plants for sale.
We are pleased to welcome back Ursula, award winning garden journalist and author. Her illustrated talk examines what scent is and how we can use scented plants to add another dimension to our gardens.
Head gardener at the Manor for 18 years, Eddie will talk us through the restoration, with illustrations of this, as well as the surrounding planting. He will give general advice on pond management.
Come and enjoy yourself with music, games, prizes, quizzes, delicious food, wine and soft drinks and a festive atmosphere. Join old friends and make new ones. Please bring a dish of party food.
Experienced gardener, journalist and lecturer, who was a former editor of BBC Gardeners’ World, will reveal his secrets to having the garden you want by following a few simple rules. He will give tips on organic gardening, producing compost, fighting pests and attracting birds, bees and butterflies.
Local garden designer, Helen will illustrate the process using nearby gardens, showing different styles and solutions.
From Holden Clough Nursery in Lancashire. Originally known for alpines John and his partner Kate still grow these and a wide variety of perennials and shrubs and have won awards at national garden shows. Plants for sale.
An illustrated talk on the daisy family from the owner of Norwell Nursery and Garden in Nottinghamshire. The nursery specialises in choice and unusual perennials and alpines and it regularly features in the highly prestigious annual guide “Gardens to Visit”. Plants for sale.
Bring your surplus plants please and some cash, and be prepared to buy from a good range of members’ own plants, from the sought-after to the “good-doers”.
Over the summer the group runs coach trips to gardens:
One full day visit, two evening visits .
These are very popular, more information will be available later.