In February we enjoyed a lecture given by local artist and educator ROSE HORSPOOL from North Dalton. Rose came armed with many interesting photographs relating to the history of gardens and in particular ” Gardens of Yorkshire”. Her lecture developed the themes of security, tranquility and naturalness from greek, roman and persian times. Such influences have shaped gardens today. Gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll, Beth Chatto and landscape architect Lutyens then further developed naturalistic planting to create the quintessential English Garden that we all enjoy today. Rose referred to local examples like Scampston, Newby Hall, Littlethorpe Manor and York Gate, Adel. It was a relaxed and informative evening!

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    Our programme of events ended with a wonderful demonstration by JONATHAN MOSELEY. He filled the stage with colour, style and the wow factor! An experienced National Demonstrator of 21 years, Jonathan is internationally renowned, a television judge, and the Chatsworth floral arranger. Using many different materials, harmonious colour tones and dramatic containers, Jonathan created a symphony of colour. He created a starburst arrangement using champagne coloured bamboo sticks, cotoneaster rothschildianus and rhapis palm. A black glass vase with white fragrant genista, double lime eustoma and birch twigs amongst other flowers were used to highlight the stage. Birch bark covered boxes were filled with deep purple brassicas, the beautiful lilac coloured rosa lullaby and the pirouette clematis. The stage was a festive delight!

    It was an evening of entertainment and relaxation. A fitting end for our 50th Anniversary Year!