Stocksfield Plants & Gardens Society

Programme 2019-20

All meetings are at 7.30pm in Stocksfield Community Centre unless otherwise stated.

Visitors welcome.

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Tuesday 15th January:TREVOR JONES – THE ALNWICK POISON GARDEN

Trevor, the Head Gardener at Alnwick Garden, will be coming to talk about the poison garden which was created in February 2005. He will be describing how it features intoxicating and poisonous plants and has a mission to provide drug education.

Tuesday 19th February:MAUREEN KESTEVEN - NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME 2019

Maureen is Regional Chairman for the North of England NGS and County Organiser for Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. She will be talking about the history of the NGS, its beneficiaries and the gardens in the North East area. She will be bringing copies of the 2019 brochure.

Tuesday 19th March:ALISTAIR BALDWIN – THE GARDENS OF KINROSS HOUSE

Alistair is an award winning garden designer, based in North Yorkshire. He will be making a return visit to illustrate how he has been involved with the recent development and planting at the Kinross House Estate in Perthshire.

Saturday 23rd March at STOCKSFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE at 2.30pm: Annual Inter-Society Lecture – MATTHEW BIGGS – LESSONS FROM GREAT GARDENERS

Matthew has been a professional gardener for over 20 years and is best known for his appearances on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme Gardeners' Question Time.

Tickets £7.00 (including refreshments) available from Cathy Carter 01661 842126

THURSDAY 11th April:COACH TRIP - RHS HARLOW CARR

Leaving Stocksfield Station at 9am and Harlow Carr at 4pm, returning to Stocksfield at about 6pm. For further details see February News Bulletin.

Tuesday 16th April:ALAN FURNESS - MY FAVOUTITE ALPINES: WHERE AND HOW I GROW THEM IN MY GARDEN

Alpine specialist, Alan has kindly stepped in to give this talk. Planned speaker Phil Gates has had to cancel.

Tuesday 21st May:TRACY FOSTER - A GARDEN FOR LIFE

Tracy is a Chelsea gold medal winning designer who has been creating beautiful gardens all over Yorkshire for the last 17 years. She will describe how to get the most out of your garden and how to make it more fun and less work. There will be ideas for anyone wanting to make changes to their garden, wildlife gardening, choosing the best and easiest tools to use, tips on activities for children, and design suggestions to keep work to a minimum.

Saturday 25th May:Annual Plant Sale at Stocksfield Community Centre, 10.30am until the plants run out

Lots of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and house plants.

SUNDAY 2ND JUNE:LOCAL VISIT - MEMBERS' GARDENS IN STOCKSFIELD

For further details see February News Bulletin.

THURSDAY 27TH JUNE 2-4pm:LOCAL VISIT - LAMBSHIELD, HEXHAM

For further details see February News Bulletin.

SUNDAY 14th JULY:COACH TRIP - GRESGARTH HALL GARDEN

The garden of famous garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd is a real gem. Leaving Stocksfield Station at 8.45am and Gresgarth at 4pm, returning to Stocksfield at about 6.15pm. For further details see February News Bulletin.

THURSDAY 29th AUGUST:COACH TRIP - WHITBURGH HOUSE WALLED GARDEN AND BROADWOODSIDE GARDEN

Leaving Stocksfield Station at 8.30am and returning to Stocksfield at about 6.30pm. For further details see February News Bulletin.

Tuesday 15th October:CAROLINE BECK - GROWING FLOWERS AT FIVE HUNDRED FEET

Caroline will be describing how she recently started her cut flower business, Verde Flowers, near Durham. She will tell us about the perils of growing flowers commercially so far north. 

Tuesday 19th November:DEBBIE CROMBIE - GIBSIDE ESTATE, PROGRESS AND PLANS

Debbie will update us on recent developments at the National Trust property. 

Tuesday 10th December:AGM and Members' Evening. 

AGM followed by buffet supper. 

Tuesday 21st January 2020:RICHARD BARNES – A HISTORY OF GARDEN DESIGN

Richard will pay a return visit to talk about how garden design has evolved over the years.