NB All visits to private gardens are for members and personal guests only! Members £2, guests £3.50
28 May 6.30pm Visit to Jan Ward's garden Vine Barn, Bellerby DL8 5QP
Jan says “My garden has evolved over a number of years. There are three parts to it:
1. Walled garden, part grass surrounded by colourful perennial borders and various sculptures.
2. Flower beds along the west side of our pebble drive and around the parking area to the back. The planted borders are mainly perennials and include wild flowers, evergreens and an old Magnolia in front of the Lily pond and a variety of clematis and roses rambling over the buildings.
3. The vegetable, herb and fruit garden also includes maples under planted with wild flowers and seasonal bulbs adding a blanket of colour from February to May”.
Approaching from Richmond, take sharp bend into Bellerby, then it's the 2nd house on the RH side. SLOW down driving up the pebble drive which is next to a tarmac drive over a stream. Drive between two houses one stone built and the other painted cream. It looks narrow but my VW Golf goes through with my mirror pulled in. If you prefer you can park on the road opposite my drive as there are no yellow lines. Vine Barn is through the farm gate at the end of my drive.
18 June 6.30pm Visit to 3 members' gardens
For all these gardens, turn up Gallowgate at traffic lights on Darlington Road A6108 by the war memorial, pass Green Howards Road on left, then turn left into Swalegate estate or right into Garden Village estate. Park on street in Garden Village or Swalegate or in small car park by the football field at end of Swalegate
Anna Jackson Stonethwaite House, Seagrim Crescent (Garden Village), Richmond
An intriguingly shaped walled garden, with paths winding through borders, some colourful, some mainly green, planted with shrubs, perennials and lots of tulips.
Ian and Valerie Dawson 14 Barrack View, Richmond DL10 4YU
The back garden is compact, on several levels, surrounded by walls and packed with apple trees, small trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, some unusual. Many have been planted with flower arranging in mind. We have a large selection of hostas. The front garden is a very large shrub-covered rockery. We aim to have a variety of textures and colour throughout the year in both gardens.
Marcia Howard 7 Barrack View, Richmond DL10 4YU
Small courtyard style back garden and sloping front garden, planted to support wildlife, and packed with spring bulbs, perennials, climbers, shrubs, and lots of pots including 2 full of water plants.
2 July 6.30pm Visit to 3 members' gardens
For all these gardens from Victoria Road (A 6108) turn south on to Rosemary Lane then left into Bargate. Park on Newbiggin or in market place
Jane Hatcher 18 Bargate, Richmond DL10 4QY
A pretty, sheltered courtyard where refreshments will be served.
Karen Tiller 20 Bargate , Richmond DL10 4QY The garden has evolved over 20 years from an overgrown, weed filled former vegetable and soft fruit patch, with several re-incarnations. It is approached up steps, through a yard filled with potted Acers and Hostas prior to gradually sloping up towards the high wall of Waterloo. Mostly planted with cottage garden plants, trees, English roses, Hostas, Heucheras, Clematis and anything else I can cramthat can be crammed in!
Gayle Pearson 26 Bargate, Richmond DL10 4QY
A small walled garden, over four levels, with a nod to Japanese style planting with use of Japanese Maples, interesting pine, evergreen and fern species. The main borders feature specimen trees and shrubs chosen to ensure year-round interest including berries, bark, form and leaf colour. Cobbles, pebbles, gravel and natural stone also a feature. Large planters and
smaller pots give seasonal variation.