Saturday, 16 August 2014

Gorgeous gardens

A visit to Pat Clarke’s award-winning garden in Harrogate could not be spoilt by the heaviest rain we have experienced in a long time.  Friday Forum members enjoyed the beautifully planted gardens which have been cultivated for over thirty years.  During the heaviest of the rain, we stopped for tea and cakes and had the opportunity of chatting to Pat and other members about all sorts of topics.  They say the sun shines on the righteous and it must be true as the rain ceased allowing us to continue perusing the gardens.  Even in mid-August, there was plenty of interest including the phlox and hydrangea.
 The front garden

 The courtyard with its trompe l'oeil

 The back garden

Also this week, many Friday Forum members took advantage of visiting member Kate’s garden which was open for the NGS scheme.  The weather was kind and the event was a great success both socially and financially.  Afternoon tea was taken on the lush, green lawn with a splendid view of the garden.  A stall selling a wide range of plants was bustling.

 A garden full of interest

Notice Board
Friday Forum agreed to support our local nurseries and we are compiling a list of these for our members.  Please let us know if you have a local nursery to recommend.
A Plant Sale and Coffee Morning will be held at Paxton on Saturday 23 August between 10am and 12.00 noon.  
Next meeting:  
5th September:  Forum
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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