Evening Garden Visits Summer 2018

The first visit of the summer season was to ‘The Old Post Office’, Kettlesing, on Friday 4 May.

This coincided with the second day of the Tour de Yorkshire, which was going through Ilkley in the late afternoon. Despite this everyone appeared to arrive on time. Andrew and Angela Durance used to run a nursery but have now retired. They now spend time their time visiting places where the plants they propagated for years came from. It was a hot, balmy evening and the garden was looking good.

The stream-side garden is surrounded on the side away from the house by a wooded area.

There were a number of different species of trillium and erythronium which were thriving in the shade.

The azaleas and other spring-flowering shrubs were in full bloom.

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Ruth Baumberg is an excellent photographer and has sent me three images of this garden.

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The second visit was to ‘Ridgefield Cottage Nursery’, Knaresborough, on Thursday 14 June.

Jo & Tony Pickering bought the property 25 years ago. The site had been a nursery for over 100 years, growing conifers, wallflowers and fruit trees. The mound planted orchard was a method of growing fruit trees on piles of rubble and soil to raise their roots above the wet clay. The new herbaceous plants and shrubs are in circular beds under the ancient fruit trees. As the fruit trees have died or blown over, they have been replaced by specimen trees including Acers, Cercis Forest Pansy, Liquidamber and Cornus Norman Haddon to name a few.

The circular beds are edged by large stones, which Tony acquired through his job, which includes building gardens.

The weather was kind to us and once again the sun shone. We were welcomed with a glass of wine and canapés, and some delicious home-made cakes.

Jo runs a nursery and is well known to our members as she has had a regular plant stall at our biennial conference and lends plants for the Harrogate Flower Shows. Needless to say many members visited the nursery and bought plants.

The final visit of the summer season was to Home Farm, East Carlton, on Friday 10 August.

The weather was glorious for our last evening visit to Home Farm,  and the garden was a sheer delight. Sarah Crowson started to develop the garden 4 years ago when her sons had left home. The front garden was quite formal with a pleasant planting scheme. The walled garden at the rear of the house was delightful, full of surprises with a lovely colour pallet, and some beautiful specimen plants, and repeat planting. In addition there were some lovely pots around the house.

Sarah is in the process of developing the field / orchard. We were closely observed by the two Alpacas in the adjacent field. Many of the group were envious of her wonderful potting shed.

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The refreshments which included delicious cakes and a glass of wine or tea /coffee, rounded off a very successful evening visit to a beautiful and evolving garden.

West Yorks. HPS Evening Garden Visits 2018

From 7.00pm unless otherwise stated

FRIDAY MAY 4TH  From 6.30pm 

Andrew & Angela Durance, The Old Post Office, Kettlesing HG3 2LB ( to the left of The Queen’s Head heading uphill) Turn up drive & park beyond outbuildings)


*****THURSDAY***** JUNE 14

Jo & Tony Pickering, Ridgefield Cottage Nursery,  Forest Moor Rd., Knaresborough HG5 8JP  Turn up drive bear right  parking ahead.



Pat & John Hunter, Springfield, Bent Lane, Sutton-in-Craven BD20 7AL


Leeds to Sutton Directions.

From the ring road take the A657 to Shipley, follow signs through to Bingley and Keighley (A650) taking the dual carriageway (second exit) at the first large roundabout.

Once at Keighley follow signs to Skipton (A629), again dual carriageway, at the roundabout signed Addingham to the right and Steeton H  A&E to the left, turn left.

Going uphill turn right at the traffic lights (B6265), continue past Airedale hospital, and down the hill passing the Eastburn Inn on the left.

Just over I mile from the traffic lights there is a road to the left, signposted Sutton (small sign) but labelled Sutton Lane (on large curved stone wall as you turn). Follow this road through Sutton to a crossroads in front of the Bull public house, approx..3/4 mile. Take the road up the left side of the pub – Ash Grove. In a few hundred yards at the T junction turn right.  50 yards on – at the crossroads, roadside parking is available in 3 directions. The garden is to the left and 200 yards. There will be some signage from here.

Once on foot on Bent Lane, carry on until you run out of tarmac, do not go through the large stone gate stoops, once on the unmade surface, we are the first drive on the right, after a large oak tree.



Sarah & Pete Crowson, Home Farm, Carlton Lane, East Carlton, LS19 7BG.  Please park in village, don’t turn down Carlton Lane.




Harlow Carr visit

On Friday 11th August, member Nigel Eaton invited the Branch to an evening visit to Harlow Carr. Even better, Nigel had arranged a talk and garden tour by Matt Brewer.

Matt Brewer

Matt is leading a Key Investment Project to redevelop the woodland at the far side from the garden’s entrance. The idea is to revamp the woodland, keeping its essential character, but injecting a herbaceous edging to paths though it. The project is scheduled to take five years.

Though the weather wasn’t perfect, rain held off for most of the evening, and Matt’s talk added an extra level of interest to what is always a fascinating garden.