Events

Every year we organise a varied programme of events aimed at improving our knowledge and enjoyment of designed landscapes, parks and gardens. Our visits are usually led by owners, head gardeners and researchers. We also arrange study days and lectures, both in person and by zoom.

Members and non-members are welcome. For popular events, and for those limited by numbers, priority will be given to members. See below, or contact events@yorkshiregardenstrust.org.uk, for more information.

We aim to maintain ticket costs at a reasonable level to ensure that our events are accessible. We include some element of fund raising in some of our visit prices to support our Small Grants, Bursary and Schools programmes.

Our 2023 events programme is now finished. We are showing below preliminary information regarding our 2024 events.

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Day visit

Summer evening at Ness Hall

Fundraising Evening for YGT Student Horticultural Bursary Fund

 

Our venue for the Summer Party is Ness Hall. The main 2½ acre garden is contained in a 17th Century walled garden. It has been lovingly gardened and developed by 3 generations of Murray Wells. It now contains a rose pergola which should be in full bloom, a Japanese-influenced garden with pergola and stream, a woodland area, cutting and kitchen garden and a wonderful ‘fairy’ garden. Often described as a large cottage garden the borders are full, with self-seeding encouraged, there are lots of seating areas for relaxing and catching up with friends. There is also a large orchard and gardens around the house to explore.

This is an unashamed fundraising evening for our Student Horticultural Bursary to support individuals in their horticultural, landscape design, landscape/garden history research or conservation of historical designed landscapes careers.  We hope that tickets sales and a raffle to be held on the evening will provide a significant boost to the fund. (Please remember your purses)

Tickets cost: £20.00 (non-members £25.00) includes canapés and a glass of prosecco. 
 

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Day visit

Summer evening at Ness Hall

Fundraising Evening for YGT Student Horticultural Bursary Fund

 

Our venue for the Summer Party is Ness Hall. The main 2½ acre garden is contained in a 17th Century walled garden. It has been lovingly gardened and developed by 3 generations of Murray Wells. It now contains a rose pergola which should be in full bloom, a Japanese-influenced garden with pergola and stream, a woodland area, cutting and kitchen garden and a wonderful ‘fairy’ garden. Often described as a large cottage garden the borders are full, with self-seeding encouraged, there are lots of seating areas for relaxing and catching up with friends. There is also a large orchard and gardens around the house to explore.

This is an unashamed fundraising evening for our Student Horticultural Bursary to support individuals in their horticultural, landscape design, landscape/garden history research or conservation of historical designed landscapes careers.  We hope that tickets sales and a raffle to be held on the evening will provide a significant boost to the fund. (Please remember your purses)

Tickets cost: £20.00 (non-members £25.00) includes canapés and a glass of prosecco. 
 

Day visit

Summer picnic at Littlethorpe Manor

 

Our Summer Picnic this year will be held at Littlethorpe Manor by kind permission of Mrs J P Thackray. Enjoy an extensive guided tour of the 11 acres of gardens which have been developed since 1998 with Head Gardener, Eddie Harland and his team. These include a walled garden with herbaceous planting, roses and gazebo, a sunken garden with ornamental plants and herbs, brick pergola with wisteria, blue and yellow borders, a formal lawn with fountain pool, and a large pond with classical pavilion and boardwalk. We will explore the new contemporary physic garden with rill, raised beds and medicinal plants designed in commemoration of Mr John P. Thackray, OBE, and the family company Chas. F. Thackray.

Tickets: £17.50 (non-members £20.00) includes morning refreshments. Please bring a picnic lunch and we’ll provide the strawberries and cream in the covered marquee.                                                
 

Day visit

Gray’s Court Hotel garden - Members only

Part of the Yorkshire Gardens Trust Events 2024 collection

In thanks to Yorkshire Gardens Trust for supporting Julie Fern with a bursary towards completing an RHS Level 3 Diploma at Askham Bryan, we have been invited to visit Gray’s Court Hotel garden where she has been the gardener for nearly 15 years.

We will enjoy coffee/tea on arrival and a talk from Julie sharing some of the extraordinary history of the house and gardens. Following the talk we will look at the new no-dig edible garden which Julie has been constructing this winter in St Peters Garden, tucked behind the Minster, to supply fresh produce to Grays Court Hotels The Bow Room Restaurant. We will finish with an opportunity to explore the main garden.

 

Cost: £10 per ticket (proceeds to the YGT Bursary fund)

Visit limited to 15 places - members only

 

With kind permission of Gray’s Court Hotel

Day visit

Dark Star Plants Nursery

Our visit to Dark Star Plants Nursery combines both a plant nursery and a historical garden site. The nursery has been created in the walled garden of what was Rounton Grange. This large house, sadly demolished in 1953/4, was built by the Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb for Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, an ironmaster, who had bought the estate at East Rounton on 1866. As well as an impressive house, the family also created a garden which his granddaughter Gertrude Bell, the explorer, redesigned - inspired by her travels in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The nursery, which specialises in plants which have dark flowers or leaves, is run by Shaun Passman and Jenny Gaunt. After an introductory talk, we will be able to explore the nursery, perhaps buy plants or a bunch of flowers from the cutting garden. Refreshments are available from nearby Roots Farmshop and café.

Tickets cost £10.00 Organiser Vicky Price

Day visit

The Ancient Royal Knaresborough Forest & Castle

Past - Present - Future

In 1086 the Doomsday Survey mentions Chenardesburg (Knaresborough) and it is thought that Knaresborough Forest dates from then. The Castle is first mentioned in 1130, and was built in a commanding position above the River Nidd Gorge, but partially dismantled in 1648, the result of an order from Parliament to dismantle all Royalist castles. Join David Rhodes in Knaresborough for a talk about both the Forest - placed in the centre of Yorkshire’s White Rose Forest, and the Government’s coast to coast Northern Forest - and the Castle and its surroundings, and the importance of both in the future. We will meet in ‘The Church’ at COGS, the Methodist Church, for coffee and biscuits at 10.30am followed by David’s talk. Please bring a packed lunch or there are many cafes in the centre of the town, and afterwards David will lead a tour of the Castle area and there will be an opportunity to visit the Kings Tower at the Castle. (Entrance fee £3.80, seniors and disabled £2.80)

Please wear sensible walking shoes.

Organisers: Vicky Price and David Rhodes

Tickets cost £12.00 (Non-members £14.00)

Day visit

Howsham Mill

The lands of Howsham belonged to Kirkham Abbey until the Dissolution and the present house (1610 Listed Grade I) was possibly built with Abbey stone.  Thomas Bamburgh bought the manor of Howsham in 1573 and William Bamburgh who succeeded in 1593 gave Howsham Hall its present form. The designed landscape developed in two distinct phases. Firstly in the early 18th century and secondly in mid to late 18th century. 

Sir John Wentworth, Lord of Howsham between 1689 and 1720, after remodelling the hall’s east façade, laid out a series of enclosed formal gardens. Nathaniel Cholmley (inherited Howsham 1758), in c.1770 with advice from John Carr and Thomas Atkinson, improved the interior of the Hall and consulted Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  The late 18th century improvements, completed by 1776 included the partial demolition of Howsham village to create a park to the south of the Hall, remodelling of the water mill (Listed Grade II) and the Holms to the west, an ornamental boat house, icehouse, stable block, kitchen garden etc.

Howsham Mill has been restored by the Renewable Heritage Trust, generating hydroelectricity from the waterwheel and the first Archimedes Screw turbine installed in the UK.  There are now two Archimedes Screws!

Please meet at the Mill at 11.00am for coffee and biscuits followed by a presentation and guided tours of the Mill. After your picnic lunch, Val will lead to look at the evolution of the historic designed landscape, walking from the Mill to Howsham village, please wear suitable shoes.

Organiser: Val Hepworth

Tickets cost £15.00 (Non-members £18.00)