Saturday, 19 July 2014

Our Day Out

This week members of  Friday Forum went on a full day trip to visit gardens in North Yorkshire. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and we returned laden with plants and ideas for our own gardens.
First stop was Rewela Cottage at Skewesby, home of garden designer John Plant . 

The front of the house gave no indication of what was to come and we were all impressed by the planting combinations and landscaping at every turn. 
 The outdoor kitchen

 The jacuzzi/sauna

 The potting area



There was a good range of interesting plants for sale to tempt us and we all succumbed!

Then on to the picturesque North Yorkshire, market  town of Helmsley. 
 Here we took advantage of the various eating places, market stalls, shops and antique fair before boarding the coach again for our next garden visit.

Terrington House, a former rectory, is the home of James and Linda Fenwick.  

The house is surrounded by gardens and features tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and, the pièce de résistance, a summer house decorated in shells by Linda Fenwick .

 The stunning ceiling of the Shell House

 North Yorkshire, not the South of France
and some dressed for all weathers!

 The vegetable plot

Just beware of Crumble the dog who makes quick work of any cake you place on the table!

Many thanks to to Janella for organising this trip for us.
Next meeting:  
1st August:  Forum: Useful tools in the garden.  What couldn’t you do without?  Bring in or supply a photo or just a description. 
Notice Board
Elizabeth reminded us that Leeds Flower Show, to be held at the Grammar School at Leeds on the 2nd & 3rd of August will be  150 years old and a replica of the 1864 show is being created using historic reports.
Pat Clarke’s garden visit on 15 August will be followed by a tour of the Centenary garden and rockery at Valley Gardens, for those who are interested.
Friends of Paxton meet regularly on the first Monday of the month from Midday.  An hour or two or your time to help maintain the premises are always welcome.  If another date is more suitable for you, please let us know.  
Friday Forum meetings are 1.30pm on 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Paxton Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 2AB.   Meetings may be hands-on sessions, guest speakers or garden visits. Regular features are the Display Table where members can bring their plants for discussion and advice and the Sales Table where members sell their plants, cuttings and produce to help the club funds.  For further information log on to

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