Welcome to the updated website February 2018

Many thanks to Brian Hackett, our vice chair, for his input to the new website http://www.wyhps.co.uk over the last year. Due to his other commitments, including those to the national society, he has passed the reins to me.

The website is still a ‘work in progress’ and I welcome the views of members as to what they would like to be able to access via the site, and my aim is that it becomes a useful resource.

There is a plethora of information on the internet, but sometimes it is quite useful to have direct links to other useful sites all in one place.

On the Home page there is information on upcoming events, and reports of recent meetings.

The top menu has links to the programme of lectures and garden visits, past newsletters, event reports (past lectures and garden visits), blogs (Sue Gray our chair, contributes to ‘In the Chairman’s Garden’ and I have started a new blog ‘cj’s musings’.

There are also links to other websites including the national Hardy Plant Society website http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk , The National Garden Scheme https://www.ngs.org.uk and the RHS https://www.rhs.org.uk .

Initially I should like to trial a link to local gardens open under the yellow book scheme (ngs), and to feature a ‘Plant of the Month’ and contributions from members would be very welcome.

Other thoughts are that it might be useful for newer members to have links to, or a list of, local nurseries.

The newsletter has ‘lapsed’ due to Judi Barton’s work and other commitments. However, if the website is ‘populated’ by useful and interesting information, it should be possible to produce a biannual newsletter (primarily available electronically or by print on request).

I should be grateful if you would reply to these suggestions via the ‘comments’ section or via email to cjorton@doctors.org.uk , please insert in the subject ‘WYHPS website’.

Welcome and ‘good gardening’,

Jane Orton

Web Manager West Yorkshire Hardy Plant Society Group






Newby Hall Gardens

A talk by Mark Jackson, Head Gardener of Newby Hall, was given on 9th February 2018.

‘Newby Hall Gardens’

The present design is largely attributable to the present owner’s grandfather, Major Edward Compton, who inherited Newby in 1921. Influenced by his friend Lawrence Johnston’s Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, Major Compton decided to create a main axis for the garden, running from the south front of the house right down to the River Ure. The axis consisted of double herbaceous borders flanked by double yew hedges, with a broad grass walk running down the middle. Off this he planned compartmented gardens of formal design, like rooms off the main passage of a house – each filled with plants to be at their best in different seasons – truly a ‘Garden for all Seasons’.

The management of the Gardens has been taken over by Mrs Lucinda Compton alongside Mark Jackson, Head Gardener.

Mark told us about the replanting of the herbaceous borders over a period of two years.

Newby Hall border 1
(Image courtesy of HPS image library)



Newby Hall border 2
(Image courtesy of HPS image library)

Spring at Newby Hall
(Image courtesy of Carine Carson)

Following this talk, one of our committee members visited the garden for the first time on 29 May. She kindly sent me some images of the garden in late spring / early summer.




Spring Walk at Newby Hall
(Image courtesy of Carine Carson)

Close up of Primula at Newby Hall
(Image courtesy of Carine Carson)