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My 2018 brochure is snow available to download from here.

March and April events well attended and a wonderful May garden to visit

The three plant fairs we have held so far have been blessed with good weather – after such an appalling winter and an even worse Spring, I have to be thankful that we had good weather at Holme Pierrepont Hall on 25 March, Newburgh Priory on 15 April and even a good day in the Lakes, at Holker Hall last Sunday! Customers are now deciding that their gardens need attention and the plant nurseries, despite suffering from slow growth, had some wonderful plants on show and for sale.  I came home with the car full of treats on Sunday and of course, they are all grown by the people you meet at the fairs. A little break now until our next venue – the delightful Ness Hall gardens up near Nunnington in North Yorkshire.  We shall have a mouth watering selection of plants on sale – and we will feature many of the top nurseries who are currently exhibiting their plants at the Harrogate Flower Show. Ness Hall is a private garden so this will be your only opportunity to see this beautiful garden this year.  Harriette, along with her gardener, Alan, have been really busy over the past months and weeks redesigning several areas of the garden, planting up 500 tulip bulbs, and battling away with the weeds (aren’t we all?) So Bank Holiday Monday 7 May, open from 11am – 4pm.  Admission £4.00 per person, children free.  Home made refreshments sold from the Hall kitchen.  Admission includes the gardens, grounds and the plant fair.  Please leave your dogs at home. Ness Hall, East Ness, YO62 5XD.  Between Helmsley, Nunnington and Malton.

SION HILL HALL – Sunday 17 June 2018

  A brand new venue and what a wonderful venue this is. Described as “a masterpiece in the Neo-Georgian style” Sion Hill is one of the last pre-eminent country houses to be built in Yorkshire prior to the Great War.  The Arts & Crafts house was designed in 1912 by the renowned York architect, Walter H Brierley. It has an extraordinary garden, created over the past 17 years due to the dedication of its current Trustee, Michael Mallaby. It’s a joy to wander through with reaching views across the River Wiske and features topiary, parterres, the Long walk and traditional kitchen garden and a centenary Rose Garden.  Michael and his gardeners have been busy planting up new areas within the garden and since my visit in the autumn, several new large topiary shapes have arrived.  They look tremendous. The fair will be held beside the Stable Block and café and as you would expect, we shall have an amazing array of quality plants on sale from well respected plant growers and nurseries.  We have a full complement of plant nurseries attending and these include Dark Star Plants, John Cullen Gardens, Hare Spring Hardy Plants, Garden Blooms, Gatekeeper Nursery, Roanne Nursery, Summerfield Nursery, Plantazia and Through the Garden Gate. Alfresco Design and Gardening with Wildlife offer you some interesting garden additions including hedgehog homes, bat boxes, barn owl boxes, metal sculptures and obelisks. The gardens are rarely open to the public and the house only for specialist groups, so why not come along on Sunday 17 June and enjoy this beautiful place. BRING CASH OR CHEQUES.  MOST PLANT NURSERIES DO NOT OFFER CARD FACILITIES. Entries to the plant fair are now closed. Home made refreshments will be served from the Stable Kitchens and proceeds will go towards Kirby Wiske’s delightful church. Admission to the gardens, grounds and plant fair £5.00. Children ...

Source with Care

One of my plant specialists, The Quiet Corner, sent me a disturbing article about the use of Neonics in the horticultural industry. I have never heard of the word. I imagine many of you haven’t either but I personally find it worrying that these pesticides are used on our plants on a daily basis. This article appeared in the The Organic Way in the Spring/Summer issue 2017 and was written by Judith Conroy. I quote from this article: “I am often asked, “what plants can I grow that are good for bees?” There usually follows a lovely conversation about the fascinating relationships between different insects and their favourite blooms. My questioner will often end with “great, I’ll go and find some of those down at the garden centre.” My heart sinks, as having enthused them, I have to explain why this might not be a good idea …. The fact is that many of the plants for sale in garden centres, supermarkets, farm shops and plant nurseries are treated with a whole range of different chemicals to kill insects, molluscs, fungi and weeds (basically termed pesticides) – but there is no requirement to let the unsuspecting customer know this. For those of us buying plants with bees and other pollinating insects in mind, NEONICOTINOID insecticides (commonly known as Neonics) give particular cause for concern; though their use in agriculture receives prominent media coverage, their continued use in horticulture is seldom discussed. Neonics are used as a drench, meaning that the chemical is taken up by the plant and so is present in all its tissues, including, crucially, the pollen and nectar. Neonics act as neurotoxins, killing insect pests, such as vine weevils and aphids when they eat the plant, but are also proven to be highly toxic to non-target species such as bees who visit them ...

Useful websites for you

  There is a really good FB page called ALL HORTS run by three amazing people and they have recently launched a website giving us all the chance to find these amazing little gems – small, specialist plant nurseries!  The link is below so please have a look. If you know of any plant nurseries that you think might like to get involved – ITS ALL FREE – then tell them to go to this website! Many people want to support independent local nurseries but following various social media conversations and an unfortunate comment on Gardeners World, alluding to all nurseries and garden centres being shut on Easter Sunday it became obvious to 3 horticulturalists that often finding those nurseries was easier said than done. So the 3, Matthew Currie who has put the site together, Sacha Hubbard and Sara Venn began discussing a way to support the businesses and often friends whose nurseries they passionately believe in. Quickly nurserymen from across the country were getting in touch, and asking to be a part of the guide and gardeners young and old were suggesting their favourite local nurseries The guide is very much a work in progress and we hope by releasing it that more and more independent nurseries will come forward and be a part of this extraordinary project that is shining a light on our British horticultural experts and helping gardeners, both new and experienced, to access the wealth of knowledge carried in these nurseries. From Scotland to the Channel Islands there are many nurseries to chose from and so the guide offers not just your local information, but also helps arrange trips further afield. All the work has been done on the guide completely voluntarily and we hope that with this as the ethos behind the Independent Plant Nurseries Guide, that the ...

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