Winterton & District Gardeners' Club


September 18th – Planting Companions – Gail Summerfield

Gail trained as a botanist, worked as a training officer for two large retail groups, taught at Bishop Burton College for 16 years and has been running Westshores Nurseries for 34 years. The talk is a gardener’s approach to planting design. She says “Combining your favourite plants will not necessarily create the perfect garden.”


October 16th – Harvest Bonanza

This is an in-house meeting when we serve crusty bread, home made soup and apple pies

It has become a tradition at this event that we play a game of some sort. The committee is deciding whether to rerun and old favourite or come up with something new.


November  20th – Cold & Frost free gardening – Peter Williams

Peter Is a retired lecturer from the University of York.  He has been to us before and always has an unusual slant on gardening. No one ever leaves a talk by Peter without thinking or saying ” I never thought about that”. It will be interesting to find out how hardy some of our favourite plants are.


Evening Trip to Harlow Carr – 7th December 2019

My first impression as we went through the entrance in to the gardens was a magical panorama of trees, shrubs, and grasses illuminated by red, blue and white lights and believe it or not green lights. Many trees were just silhouettes as were the visitors making their way along the paths. At the end of one circuit and after a welcome hot chocolate and mince pie accompanied by a choir from Uttoxiter, my companions suggested a second tour. At the halfway point both knees said “enough is enough” and  I opted for a bench by the entrance where I could watch and listen to the far off chatter of children. Not once did I hear a child cry.   The picture was taken by Steve Larkin. By the way I did not model for the BFG.   JS


January 15th – Combinations – Underwear &  few Suspenders – Pam Tatam

Pam Tatam opened Hall Farm Nursery in 1987. She propagated a wide range of herbaceous perennials. Her knowledge is extensive and her advice to customers was and is highly valued. A  few years ago she decided to close the nursery so she could extend and develop the garden to many times its previous size. The title of the talk is intriguing and gives a clue as to the kind of plants she will describe.


February 19th – Jill & Martin Fish – Gardening on the menu

This is our Buffet Evening. There is a charge of £8.00 for tickets.

Martin Fish has worked in the horticultural industry for many years. He became director of Harrogate Flowers Shows in 2009. Subsequently he is now freelance and in addition to giving talks and other related activities is an RHS judge. The culinary skills of Jill Fish and her wonderful cakes are always praised by visitors to their garden. This is a double act. Martin will explain techniques for producing quality fruit and vegetables. Jill will give us some ideas on how to turn them into delicious meals.



March 18th – Roger Burnett – Tulips from Amsterdam & much more

In his day job Roger is the Community Environment Officer for Scarborough Borough Council. He has been a Britain in Bloom judge for several years and is an adviser to Shropshire Horticultural Society and Shrewsbury Flower Show.


April 15th – Gill Dixon – Hedgehogs -the Gardener’s friend

Gill was the prime mover in establishing a sanctuary for hedgehogs at Picklington Palace a few years ago. Her aim always is to “rescue, rehabilitate and release”.



May 20th – David Lewis – Big ideas for small gardens

This picture was the design for The Perennial Legacy Garden which was awarded Best In Show [Premier Gold Award] at the Harrogate Spring Show 2019. David was the designer and creator for the garden. He qualified as a garden designer in London and then worked for several years as head gardener  for Richard Branson at the Kensington Roof Gardeners. He now works for Perennial [ formerly The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society] as their fund raiser.


June 17th – Jeff Bates –  Water Gardens & Water Features

Jeff started his career as a apprentice gardener in the Royal Gardens at Windsor Castle. He was a full time lecturer of horticulture for 20 years. He is now a self employed horticulturist, garden designer and lecturer.  For the past 20 years he has been a judge for East Midlands in Bloom.


Garden visits

For our day visit we have decided to return to Breezy Knees on the eastern outskirts of York. If you haven’t been before it quite an experience. The garden is 20 acres and packed with plants to a mind boggling extent. It has a café and a very good nursery.

The cost of the visit [coach and entrance fee] is £23 for members and £26 for non members. The coach will leave The Old School Hall, West Street, Winterton at 10.00 hrs.  Please contact Denise Larkin if you would like to go [07742444690]

We are still working on our evening garden visit so any suggestions are welcome. The garden(s) should be within a 20 mile radius.