Cool Gardens: Helmsley Walled Garden

North Yorkshire garden saved from the brink

In my series, Cool Gardens, I aim to highlight inspiring and unusual growing places, both near and far. This time, I’m a bit closer to home in North Yorkshire.

If you’re looking for somewhere to spark your gardening enthusiasm or a place to reflect in glorious surroundings, Helmsley Walled Garden is for you. Continue reading “Cool Gardens: Helmsley Walled Garden”

WI centenary celebrations at Beamish

It’s not all jam and Jerusalem in Co. Durham, August 19-20

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Proudly displaying the Beamish WI banner. Picture; Beamish Museum

Women’s Institute members from County Durham will celebrate 100 years of the regional organisation at Beamish Museum this weekend.

Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes, with hundreds of members, will be carrying banners and wearing sashes in a grand parade at 2.30pm each day from The Town to The Pit Village, accompanied by vintage vehicles and the Off Key Big Band.

The women will then take part in singing the WI anthem, Jerusalem, in The Colliery Yard.

The museum has its own WI branch and you can watch a 1917 WI meeting, hear Suffragette songs and stories, make flags to wave in the parade, have a go at flower arranging, learn about the WI through the Continue reading “WI centenary celebrations at Beamish”

Growing giant vegetables

Champion gardener’s secrets revealed at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

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Giant veg grower Kevin Fortey, who will be at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Picture; NOEHS/Harrogate Flower Show

The world of giant veg growing is one of closely guarded secrets and rituals… until now.

British record holder and author Kevin Fortey will reveal the tricks of the trade at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (September 15-17), with talks to mark the launch of three new classes for novice growers.

Aimed at gardeners who have never won a prize for super-sized specimens, the beginner classes will invite entries for marrows, tomatoes, and runner beans. Continue reading “Growing giant vegetables”

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017

Countdown to the giant veg show – September 15-17

Far from winding down in early autumn, Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is a great place for inspiration and buying end-of-season bargains – and my favourite show.

Plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and Continue reading “Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017”

RHS Wisley Flower Show 2017

A must for dahlia fans, September 5-10

Marion Watkinson in the National Dahlia Society Show tent at the 2015 show. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

Wisley’s 25th late summer show rounds off the season with a bang, featuring the National Dahlia Society Annual Show, displays, shopping from specialist nurseries and trade stands, National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) floral exhibits, expert advice and more.

If it’s unusual plants you’re after, a host of RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners are taking part. The National Dahlia Society Annual Show has more than 100 exhibitors taking Continue reading “RHS Wisley Flower Show 2017”

Cool Gardens: Pike Place Urban Garden, Seattle

Gardening gem in the Emerald City

In the first of my new series, Cool Gardens, highlighting inspiring and unusual growing places, I found a real gem – Pike Place Urban Garden, Seattle. The Emerald City lives up to its nickname – I’ll be writing about other gardens I stumbled upon too. Pictures by Gary Welford.

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