Martin Fish is a garden writer, BBC Radio York gardening expert, and Royal Horticultural Society judge. He gave a very informative talk about various pruning methods and how to easily propagate a range of garden plants, and gave us a practical demonstration with some samples that he brought along.
Wednesday 8 February
Michael Myers "Water in the Garden"
Michael Myers talked about different features, design and suitable plants for a water garden. He is a lecturer in horticulture at Craven College, Skipton. He is a keen alpine grower and bulb enthusiast, who has a half acre garden near Pately Bridge with an eclectic mixture of plants.
Wednesday 8 March
Helen Jones "Blue Poppies and Bed Tea: Flowers of the Himalayas"
Helen is a keen photographer with a love of mountains and an obsessive interest in flowers. She has made many journeys to the Himalayas over the last 15 years, partly because she is involved with a school for disadvantaged children in Darjeeling, and her talk gave us as much insight into her interesting work with the school and about her travels in the Himalayas as about the flowers. Fees from her talks go to support the school through the charity School Aid India www.schoolaidindia.org
Wednesday 12 April
Sarah Hopps "Glorious Springtime Gardens"
Sarah gave an inspiring talk about all things that make a beautiful spring garden: shrubs, perennials and bulbs, where and what to plant to ensure vibrant displays to kick off the gardening season. Sarah has been involved in horticulture from a young age, ran her own nursery for 15 years and is a regular panelist on BBC Radio York.
Sarah also brought a lovely selection of hardy plants to illustrate her talk and to sell afterwards.
Wednesday 13 September
Dianne Nichol Smith "Cottage Gardening - Fruit all Year Round"
Dianne stepped in at short notice to give us a talk about fruit that can be successfully managed and pruned, even in small spaces, to create a garden where you can relax to enjoy the fruits of your labours. She suggested some fruits that can be grown in among other plants and shrubs, and also brought a few plants for sale, particularly some interesting strawberries.
Wednesday 11 October
Chris Small "Winter Containers"
Chris Small has owned and run Orchard Nurseries, York, since 1992. He has a degree in horticulture and a diploma in garden design, so the nursery prides itself on offering unbiased expert plant advice and individual garden assessments. Chris gave a demonstration of planting winter baskets and ideas for permanent planting in tubs. www.orchardnurseries-york.co.uk
Wednesday 8 November
John Plant “The Making of Rewela Cottage”
Rewela Cottage was featured on BBC Gardeners' World in August 2017. The 3/4 acre garden was designed and planted by John, starting with an empty field.
There are unusual trees, shrubs, architectural plants, sunken garden, pond, pergola, outdoor kitchen. John is a specialist grower of heuchera, hosta and penstemon.