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

This trip is open to anyone – so please join us. The coach leaves The Old School Hall in West Street at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 7th December 2019. There will be time to visit Betty’s Café and the RHS Gift Shop. We shall leave Harlow Carr at 7.00 p.m. and should be back in Winterton at around 8.30 p.m. The cost is £20 for members and £23 for guests. This gives guests membership of the club until September next. Please contact Denise Larkin (07742444690) if you would like to go.


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

Pam Tatum 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 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




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



July 17th 2019 – Evening Visit to a local garden  – to be arranged

As soon as the committee has found a suitable garden to visit relatively close to home we shall post the details. We always go in cars and transport will be organised for anyone needing it.

We shall also give details of a Saturday trip to be organised for sometime in July.