Meetings and garden visits for 2017
Meetings held at St. Mary's Church Hall - 7pm for refreshments, 7.30pm start. All welcome.
November: Wednesday 15 - 'Wonderful Weeds' by Peter Williams
Have you ever wondered why weeds survive despite your best efforts to kill them? This talk looks at the amazing strategies that annual and perennial weeds use in their battle for survival against the gardener. It includes stories of selected weeds that regularly invade the garden and also covers plants that were initially introduced as garden plants but ‘jumped the fence’ to become weeds in the general environment.
No meeting in December but back in 2018 with a quiz night!
January: Wednesday 18 - 'A Magical Presentation' presented by David Morland
Enjoy a botanic presentation with music, poetry and slides of flowers
February: Wednesday 15 - 'Snowdrops and Early Bulbs' presented by Michael Myers
Michael Myers is a lecturer at Craven College. He has a garden at Fairview, Summerbridge and will
be talking on Snowdrops and Early Bulbs
Plus the monthly competition - Iris
March: Wednesday 15 - 'Undercover Gardening' presented by Martin Fish
How to get the best from your greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame. Martin will be happy to end the session with a Gardeners Question Time session
Plus the monthly competition: Narcissus Topolino and last year's pots
April: Wednesday 19 - ***7pm start*** AGM and 'The Drunken Gardener' presented by Doug Stewart
This talk looks at the role that many of our garden plants have in the creation of some of the world's finest drinks…
Taking inspiration from nettle beer, through to more exotic beverages such as pulque this talk takes an amusing and sideways look at plants, gardens and favourite tipples.
Plus the monthly competition
May: Wednesday 17 May - Practical Gardening at the Mayor of Knaresborough's Garden
This meeting will take place in the Mayor's garden where practical ideas and guidance will be given and shared by members of the society.
June: Wednesday 21 - Garden visit to The Orchard, Cookridge, Leeds LS167BG
A ¾ acre plantswoman’s hidden oasis of peace and tranquility. A wrap around garden of differing levels made by the owners using stone, found on the site, planted for year round interest. Extensive rockery, unusual fruit tree arbour, oriental seated area linked by grass paths, lawns and steps. Mixed perennials, shrubs, bulbs and pots amongst paved and pebbled areas. Best in area award Leeds in Bloom.
July: To be rescheduled: - 'A Prospect of Arley Hall' presented by Judy Popley
A poignant journey seen through the eyes of one of the gardeners who worked at Arley Hall in the 1890’s. The talk introduces the estate staff, indoor and outdoor servants and how the gardens have evolved. Slides compare 1890s to 1990s images.
August: Wednesday 16 - 'A History of Plant Science' presented by Sarah Owen-Hughes
September: Saturday 02: The KHS Early Show in Knaresborough
September: Wednesday 20 - Garden visit to Rudding Park's Kitchen Gardens with a tour led by the Head Gardener
October: Wednesday 18 - 'Getting the Best from your Fruit Trees' presented by Clifford Cain
Fruitscape was started in 2008 to provide expert care to amateur fruit growers. Clifford Cain will talk on caring for our fruit trees.
October: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22: The KHS Late Show Show at Countryside Live, Great Yorkshire Showground