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Tuesday 21 July
Visit to Lucy Wearmouth's garden, Ellerby House, Tunstall
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Lucy has  a large garden with a wildlife pond and stream, rose garden, slopes with frogs to left and owls to right, St Francis with wild animals, fairies under a holly bush, a summerhouse and lots of places to sit. Members had an enjoyable evening exploring and appreciated Lucy's efforts and hospitality.


Wednesday 8 July
Visit to Thornton Hall Gardens. Open 11am - 4pm
Thornton Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL2 2NB
Several members  urged us to organize a visit to Thornton Hall.  These gardens are a knockout- roses, delphiniums, clematis, peonies, hostas, heucheras. Every inch of the curvaceous borders snaking along the stone walls is planted, with colour, form and foliage taken into consideration.

Tuesday 23 June
Visit to Judith and Alan Hutchinson's Garden
Broaches Farm, Dalton, Richmond DL11 7HW
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In 1996 this wonderful informal garden was a barren field. Judith and Alan Hutchinson have worked tirelessly to transform it. It now boasts two ponds, a stream, a bog garden and a wooded area. A white and silver bed was planted to mark the Hutchinson's silver wedding anniversary and colourful borders are filled with herbaceous perennials. The garden abounds with wildlife: dippers, wagtails, frogs, toads, newts all flourish.

Tuesday 9 June
Visit to Ripon Workhouse Garden
The Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE
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Ripon Workhouse garden, at the back of the original workhouse site, is set in the 1890s and grows the varieties of fruit and vegetables that were available at the time. Workhouse gardens are rare survivors and this garden has been carefully restored and is maintained by a team of volunteers who use Victorian horticultural practices but with a 21st century attitude towards the environment and a sustainable future.

Tuesday 12 May
Visit to Val Hepworth's garden, the Manor House, Skeeby
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Members enjoyed a delightful evening visit to Val Hepworth's garden in Skeeby. Val's beautiful garden extends to over an acre and is sheltered by walls and hedges. It retains much of the original design laid out by the Pease family, but Val has developed it with a new rose garden and a terrace garden. There is a pretty courtyard, herbaceous and mixed borders, flowering shrubs, ornamental trees and a quarry garden. At the same time they were able to celebrate Val's birthday with her and to appreciate the magnificent old manor house.