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AGM reminder

A reminder of AGM in Mount Hermon January 25th 7.30pm.   New Committee Members needed.  Unpaid Subscriptions will be very welcome.  These were due October 2017.

Annual Show results 2017

Annual Show results 2017 available

Annual Show schedule 2017 available

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Thornton Hall trip report

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Our Summer outing this year was toThornton Hall Gardens at Staindrop near Darlington. Not very well-known in this part of the world they were begun about 20 years ago by Sue Manners who, knowing nothing about gardening, decided to attempt to turn two paddocks at the side of the family farm into something more attractive.

She had no gardening knowledge but with the help of a few books and a lot of enthusiasm she started by digging up all the turf by hand and gradually creating a couple of borders. As she became more ambitious and her knowledge of gardening and plants evolved, she extended the borders and widened them enormously and created island beds too, ponds and water features were built, rocks were brought in, follies and alpine beds constructed and eventually she arrived at the garden as it is today, and still evolving.

What we saw was the product of all her hard work, the most glorious garden imaginable filled with every kind of herbaceous plant, trees, shrubs, roses, climbers, hostas and much more. It is utterly magnificent

Sue created the garden for herself and her family but a few years ago she was persuaded to open it to the public on selected days during the summer and it’s now possible for garden lovers from all over the north of England to see it in all it’s glory.

We ate delicious food at the pop up cafe and nearly filled the coach with the plants we bought, which are all grown at the garden. Proceeds from her openings go to charity and I would urge anyone who hasn’t been there to look at the website, pick a date, and visit it as soon as you can. It’s been called ‘One of Britain’s finest new gardens’ and even Prince Charles has paid her a visit !

Our Annual Show takes place on Saturday 12th August and there are classes for everyone, vegetables, flowers, fruit, baking, handicrafts, and more, so why not give it a go this year. Show schedules will be available from Addingham Post Office nearer the time and details will be on the website.

We have a super selection of speakers at our Autumn 2017/Spring 2018 meetings including Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Tracy Foster, designer of the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ garden, Meg Morton from iconic York Gate Garden at Adel, and Phil Gomersall, President of the National Allotments Society, so why not come along to one of our meetings. For more details look on our website.






Appreciation awards

3 members of the Association were honoured by Addingham Parish Council last Wednesday with certificates of Appreciation for exceptional services to Community.  John Bottomley, Wendy Palmer and Carol Hindle.

Thornton Hall trip



There are just four places left so if you’ve thought about coming with us to see this fantastic garden please get in touch before the coach is full !


Payment is now due for the trip I shall be at the Library (temporarily at the rear of the Memorial Hall) on Tuesday 9th May between 10 and 11 am and again on Tuesday 23rd May, also between 10 and 11am.

Otherwise I live at Low Mill so you could drop off a cheque or post one to me. If you’d like my address please give me a ring.


A reminder that the cost of the trip is 17.50 and cheques should be payable to ‘AAGA’ or you can of course pay cash at the library or direct to me (but not cash through the post please).


We leave the Memorial Hall at 9.15am on Wednesday 21st June and expect to be back in Addingham around 5 to 5.30pm.

If you choose you can bring a packed lunch (there are lots of seats around the garden) and there’s also a lovely cafe in the gardens if you prefer to eat there.


Sue Appleyard Tel 01943 839292 or

Spring Flower Show report

report and results under Shows

Workshops at Browsholme Hall

Location – Browsholme is located 5 miles NW of
Clitheroe and, from most directions, best approached via
Whalley, and over the River Hodder at Mitton.
Coaches – Coach Parking is free and adjacent to the
Tithe Barn.
Access – The Hall and Tithe Barn have good facilities and
accessibility for the disabled. The majority of rooms in the
Hall are on the ground floor and accessible by wheelchair.
A full access statement is on our website.
Booking – If you would like to make a booking or
further information, please call the office.
01254 827160 or email
or Book online

Garden Workshops for Groups and Individuals
(max 30 for each workshop)
A programme of seasonal workshops presented by
Marguerite Hughes, the well known Lancastrian horticulturalist
and broadcaster, including a tour of the gardens, lunch or tea.
There will be lots of practical hints and tips and
plant suggestions.
Tuesday 18th April 2017 (full day)
Planning and design, how to get the best from your garden
whatever its shape, size, soil or aspect.
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 (half day)
Pruning made easy. A hands on workshop with the
opportunity to see pruning techniques in practice.
Tuesday 27th June 2017 (full day)
Planning and designing colour and themed borders.
Tuesday 25th July 2017 (full day)
Planning and designing borders for all year round seasonal
Tuesday 19th September 2017 (half day)
Gardening for autumn & winter and looking ahead to spring
using colorful bulbs and key plant combinations.
Tuesday 5th December 2017 (half day)
Christmas workshop on creating colorful containers followed
by tea and a tour of the Hall decorated for Christmas.
Full Day Workshop……. £30.00pp
from 10.30 am – includes tea /coffee on arrival, workshop,
light cooked lunch, garden tour and handouts.
Half Day Workshop …..£25.00 pp
from 2.00pm – workshop, afternoon English tea, garden
tour and English country house tea with sandwiches,
savouries & mini homemade cakes of the day, tour of the
garden and handouts.


Trip to Thornton Hall Darlington

We’re planning a trip to THORNTON HALL GARDENS in County Durham this summer.

 Thornton Hall was built in 1550 and originally had walled gardens. By the time Mike and Sue Manners bought it in 1989 it was a working farm and what had once been three walled gardens had become just paddocks grazed by cattle and sheep.Other than the walls there were no traces left of the original gardens.In 1995, without any gardening knowledge at all, Sue decided to try to make a garden in the first paddock. Amazingly she removed all the grass by hand and then began to create narrow borders against the stone walls. Eventually as she became more knowledgeable she started to widen the borders adding to the planting and gradually became completely hooked. As time went on she began to build a pond and island beds, and eventually extended the garden into the other two paddocks as well.

In the summer months the garden is a riot of colour with huge selections of roses clematis, hostas, peonies, and heucheras as well as hundreds of other herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees. More recently she’s created a large vegetable garden adjacent to the flower gardens. Sue’s garden has been called ‘one of Britain’s finest new gardens’ and she’s even had a visit from Prince Charles.On nine selected dates during May. June and July Sue opens her gardens to the public with all proceeds going to charity.So, our visit will be on WEDNESDAY 21st June and if we can fill a 42 seater coach the cost including admission to the garden will be 17.50.There’s a cafe specially created for the open days which sells lunches,sandwiches, cakes and drinks and all the food is home made. There are also home grown plants for sale It’s an absolutely glorious garden and I can promise you won’t be disappointed !

Sue Appleyard, Trip Co-ordinator contact 01943 839292 email:

AGM Jan 26th Mount Hermon 7.30pm